Dave Byars and Queeny take a break at the Calliope Central Bowls Club’s Guide Dogs Queensland fundraiser on Saturday.
Dave Byars and Queeny take a break at the Calliope Central Bowls Club’s Guide Dogs Queensland fundraiser on Saturday. Mike Richards

Bowls club supports its number one member dog Queeny

QUEENY is the number one dog at the Calliope Central Bowls Club.

For the past five years she has been by Dave Byars' side, guiding him when needed.

Mr Byars has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease.

A proud supporter of guide dogs and the Calliope bowls community, Mr Byars and committee members organised a fundraising bowls day for Guide Dogs Queensland.

On Saturday afternoon about 50 people gathered to play mixed fours bowls.

Calliope Central Bowls Club manager Brad Henderson said the fundraiser was a great success.

"We sponsor six guide dogs every year," he said. "It's what our club is all about, promoting bowls and supporting charities."

Mr Henderson has known Mr Byars for three years and said he was a great supporter of the club.

He and Mr Byars said Queeny was a perfect companion and popular among those who attend the green regularly.

"Queeny is much loved around here. She has a badge which says her member number - it says dog number one," Mr Byars said.

The raffles and barbecue made $3723.

"To raise money for guide dogs is important because it costs $30,000 at least to train a guide dog and give a trained guide dog to a client," Mr Byars explained.

The previous two years they were able to raise more than $2000.



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