It was a pleasure to host the CanTeen kids

Again it has been my pleasure and privilege to spend a weekend with a group of delightful and friendly young people from CanTeen. 

The Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club has hosted CanTeen for about 20 years and I have been involved in the past five.

CanTeen provides respite and support for those between the ages of 12 and 25 who are being affected by cancer. This includes young people either receiving treatment or recovering from treatment, young people who have siblings with cancer and also young people whose parents had died from cancer or who receiving treatment. All three were represented on this trip.

I would like to thank first of all the ladies from the club for providing all the fantastic meals, and also the volunteers who showed them how to fish on the jetties around Fosters Bay and out on the barbecue boats on Sunday.

I would also like to thank Woolworths for providing some of the food and the Uniting Drop-in Centre for their generous donation to our Plan B to take them to the Kinema if the weather prevented them from a trip out to Montague Island. 

A big thanks to Narooma Charters for providing the boat and crew for the trip to Montague, and the two guides from National Parks and Wildlife for making it a very informative trip.

They liked seeing the young birds and even a penguin. And last but not least thanks to Narooma Marina and Bill Dudley for providing the Barbeque Boats and also thanks to Ian “Hoots” Cowie for taking Hayden out for his prize fish.  As usual the accommodation was provided free of charge at the Island View Beach Resort, greatly appreciated!

Several fish were caught and released, some small snapper, bream, tailor, barracouta even an octopus that one of the girls caught , which caused great excitement when it attached itself to the boat! 

But the prize of the day must go to Hayden Krause from Wagga Wagga for landing a 68cm flathead, his first fish ever caught!  

The big girl was released back into the water after a photo but two smaller fish went home for dinner.

Some of the young ladies decided go on the boats and not fish until Bernard Jackson provided his “ladies tackle box” consisting of a small black box with handmade jewellery in it as a prize.  Needless to say those lines could not go over the side fast enough.

Jan Hemmingsen, NSGFC


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