Rain-soaked but unbowed: happy to have reached the end of the 24-hour marathon[/caption]
There was huge community support for Newcastle Tennis Club’s 24-hour tennis marathon which took place over Friday and Saturday at the Bryansford Road courts.
Starting at noon on Friday 1st May, the fun tennis marathon raised funds for local charities, SARDA IN (search and rescue dogs) and PIPS Newcastle District (suicide prevention). Members and non-members alike took to the courts showing great community spirit in raising money for two great causes in true need of financial support.
Starting in sunshine, the Club was very lucky with the weather for the most part, before enduring torrential rain in the final hours of Saturday morning play. Some of those who played during the night really entered into the fun element and turned up in their cosiest onesies, which was just as well as it was getting very cold by then, and not a little windy.
Hampered by tails and furry costumes, let’s just say play was more social than competitive in nature. Drama at midnight – the court lights blew! Players stayed on court and valiantly tried to hit in the dark, not willing to break the pledge of 24 hours of continuous play. Luckily, one of the players was an electrician, who soon restored light and the courts quickly filled up again. People of all ages and all walks of life came from near and far throughout the 24-hour period, giving their time and money in an overwhelmingly generous fashion.
Local businesses got involved, sponsoring the event by supplying plentiful amounts of apples and oranges, ice cream and sweeties, waterproof ponchos (which proved to be very handy at the end) and time on the courts playing tennis and raising money. Thank you so much to all the local companies for their support, which really helped everyone to keep going.
So many people from all over the town and beyond contributed to this event – it just goes to show what a fantastic community we have in this small town, where people give so freely of their time and energy to help people that they may not even know. These two charities work tirelessly for this community, and are deeply grateful for the help and support they have received from everyone who joined in, donated time, or money, or who supported those playing on court. Newcastle Tennis Club would also like to thank the very local neighbours of the Club, who so kindly did not object to the court lights being on all night or the noise from the eejits playing tennis in the middle of the night either. We appreciate your tolerance.
We hope you never need the help of these two charities because if you do, it means you are in pain or trouble, but the truth is – when we need help from PIPS and SARDA (IN), they are there. When they need our help to carry on, we are here. You can’t get a better community spirit than that.
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