Spinning for charity, too
THERE will be fun. Money will be won. Money will be lost.
But an Anzac Day tradition also aims to raise money for two local charities.
The Shaws Bay Hotel in Ballina will on Anzac Day, April 25, be holding a two-up school.
The school will be run by local volunteers to help raise funds for both Biala Support Services to benefit local children with multiple disabilities, and Legacy, an organisation which supports the families of servicemen and women.
Raffles also will be held.
“We’ll be raffling everything from tattoos to beautiful meals in Ballina’s finest restaurants, and from fuel vouchers to brazilians, and heaps more,” said the two-up school’s spruiker, Steve Bocking.
Two-up is a traditional gambling game played with coins that was very popular with Australian troops during the First and Second world wars.
And while the game is illegal for the most of the year, two-up schools are allowed to run in New South Wales on the afternoon of Anzac Day.
While the crowd at the Shawsy is expected to grow this year, the ring will remain a family- and beginner-friendly zone, Steve says.
“We deliberately keep the centre bets small,” he said.
“That way people new to the game don’t feel intimidated by large amounts of money in the ring, and we can all have a bit of a giggle.
“I think it’s important that people get to experience a game that plays a unique role in our history and culture.”
Punters are being encouraged to donate at least 10 per cent of any winnings to the collection tins for the charities which will be circulating.
And while the two-up school is aimed at being a friendly affair, punters are reminded to gamble responsibly – and to respect the spirit of Anzac Day.
The event will start at the Shaws Bay Hotel after midday on Anzac Day and will run all afternoon.