Kaniva local Jeremy Pearson raising money for beyondblue

Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Pearson has organised a fishing competition to raise money for beyondblue, and is hoping to reel in the support of the local district.

The competition will be held at the Serviceton Reservoir, just off the Western Highway on Sunday September 23 from 8am-4pm.

Jeremy attends Kaniva College as a year 10 student currently completing the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and decided on hosting a fishing competition as part of one of his major school projects.

“I started organising the competition at the beginning of the year and it just got bigger and bigger,” he said.

“Beyondblue is a great cause and I wanted to raise money for it through the local community.”

Jeremy said all the money raised would go directly to beyondblue.

“There will be a sausage sizzle for $2 and drinks are BYO,” he said.

“All the money raised from the ticket sales, raffle and sausage sizzle will go directly to the cause.”

Jeremy told the Chronicle he worked hard to get businesses from around the district on board. After a few failed attempts and a lot of perseverance, he eventually succeeded.

“I sent letters out to many of the local businesses in Bordertown and Horsham but none of them got back to me,” he said. “I eventually went out and asked them in person and had much more luck getting sponsorship.

“A lot of the sponsors liked the idea and some of the bigger ones said they would like to be involved next year if it happens again – which I think it will.”

Jeremy said sponsors from Kaniva, Bordertown and Horsham donated many prizes for the raffle and the total prize value equated to over $2500.

“The prizes include chainsaws, whipper snippers and heaps of fishing stuff!”

Jeremy said he would like to thank all the local sponsors for supporting him including major sponsors Wimmera Outdoors, Doyle’s IGA and Wimmera Ag & Equipment.

Entry forms can be found at Kaniva IGA, Kaniva Community Road House or Kaniva Shire Offices.

Registrations can also be made on the day and by messaging the Facebook Page on https://www.facebook.com/2018-Servi-Res-Fishing-Comp-371728439980639/.

Entrants are reminded they must hold a Victorian fishing licence.