Fundraising goal one that mattered

Goalkeeper Jim Ower playing in the Launceston Make-A-Wish Foundation indoor soccer tournament. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

THERE may have been more own goals conceded than anyone was prepared to count, but rather than faces filled with despair there were only sounds of laughter.

For an inaugural Launceston Make-A-Wish Foundation indoor soccer tournament, the only scoreline that mattered was reaching fundraising goals rather than ones in the back of the net.

“There were definitely a few own goals on the scoresheet,” tournament organiser James Ower said.

“When you’re playing in your own games, you’re not trying to keep a track of other things going on.

“So it might also be a case now that we’ll have a catch up email on Monday and I am sure that’s where the funny stories will come out.

“I think there will be a fair few people hobbling around offices too.”

An assorted range of seasoned players to novices from TasWater, Tasmanian Alkaloids, Launceston City Council, Engineering Edge, TasRail and charity organisers Hays Recruiting, raised $2100 through team entry alone.

Gold coin donation tins at the Elphin Sports Centre rattled a few extra dollars out of spectators and with Hays promising to match the donations dollar for dollar, the tournament raised nearly $4500.

Hays ran a similar fundraiser for previous charity partner, beyondblue, in February.

“The tournament was all played in good spirit and I think everyone really enjoyed it,” Mr Ower said.

“It’s the second time we’ve held it, so we’ll definitely be holding it again next year.”

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