GeeWizz backed by fundraising success – on land and water!
A charity netball tournament, five-a-side football competition and a popular raft race have all raised money for the GeeWizz charitable foundation in the space of three days.
The charity, founded by Gina Long MBE, have spoken of their delight at the “amazing” community support it has received – with more fundraising events planned this month.
Bury St Edmunds chartered accountants RSM kicked off a year of fundraising for GeeWizz by hosting a mixed charity netball tournament on Thursday at Culford School Sports and Tennis Centre (photo above).
After a fantastic 14 teams took part, Abi Robinson, audit manager at RSM, said: “It was a brilliant event and we were delighted with how successful it was.
“The tournament was won by a team from the Priors and raised a fantastic £1,550 for GeeWizz. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported it.”
RSM are now planning a rounders tournament on Thursday 13th July while a group will also be taking their place in the Orwell Walk on Sunday 26th June in support of the charity.
In keeping with the health and fitness theme, a five-a-side tournament at Thetford (photo below right) also raised money for GeeWizz – and in particular Wayne Harvey, who lives in the town and who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Tournament organiser, Jamie Jarrett, said: “This is the fifth time we have run the competition in memory of a close friend of mine, Richard Croone, after he died in a road accident five years ago.
“Richard was a big character and a lot of people knew him in Thetford so the tournament is always well supported and a good success for local charities.
“We wanted to help Wayne and once we heard GeeWizz had also got involved in supporting him, we were delighted to get involved.”
GeeWizz was also a beneficiary from Sunday’s popular raft race at Needham Market Lake through the continued support of Duncan and Kara Foster and Kara’s company Encore Wellness (photo above right).
Gina Long said: “To have this amazing community backing is incredible and will make such a big difference to the families we support. I would like to say a massive thank you to every single person who supported all these incredible events.”