Glenda Hampson and Enid Weakley check their bingo cards at Cooloola Community bingo on Tuesday.
Glenda Hampson and Enid Weakley check their bingo cards at Cooloola Community bingo on Tuesday. Craig Warhurst

Bingo helps our overseas troops

IT'S just not all about legs 11, two fat ladies and clickety click at Cooloola Community Bingo.

The community organisation has raised over $30,000 for local charity since its inception five years ago.

President Jill Boyd said the group's latest project was sending boxes of goodies to our servicemen in Afghanistan from its Jack Stokes Oval home.

Mrs Boyd and her 50 regular bingo players joined forces, donating food and toiletries to send to the diggers.

This week they gathered all the items together and packaged up all the goods and sent 50 boxes to Afghanistan.

"We thought our soldiers needed a bit of something to let them know they weren't forgotten," Mrs Boyd said.

"It's the first time we have sent boxes away, we found the idea on the internet."

Mrs Boyd said the bingo players had been more than generous with their support for the project.

"They have always been generous," she said.

"One year we donated toys for the kids at the hospital, we were inundated.

"Whenever we can help, we are here."

She said the group had also helped local charities such as the Jessie Witham Centre and Cooinda.

"It is a good crew here," Mrs Boyd said.

"The majority have been with us ever since we opened."

Cooloola Community Bingo is played on Tuesday morning at the Jack Stokes Oval clubhouse.

 

What's in the goodies box?

Tim Tams, Vegemite, lollies, razors, lip balm, soap, deodorant, tooth care, brushes.

 

Bingo number nicknames

1. Son of a gun

3. Monkey on the tree

8. Garden gate

10. Downing St

13. Unlucky for some

15. Rugby team

16. Never been kissed

17. Often been kissed

22. Quack quack - two little ducks

28. Duck and its mate

31. Get up and run

32. Buckle my shoe

35. Flirty wives

41. Life's begun

51. I love my mum

52. Weeks in a year

69. Your place or mine?

78. Heavens Gate

85. Staying alive

89. Nearly there - All but one

90. Top of the shop

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