Full house at Telethon’s Mega Bingo day

Carmelle WilkinsonThe West Australian
Bride to be Heather Martin with, from left, Stacey Fitzgerald, Laura Ogden, Janet Martin and Amy Townson.
Camera IconBride to be Heather Martin with, from left, Stacey Fitzgerald, Laura Ogden, Janet Martin and Amy Townson. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times

Thousands of bingo fans were eyes down with highlighters at the ready at Telethon’s Mega Bingo yesterday.

Held at the Perth Convention Centre, the popular event drew 5000 participants.

With cash prizes and a new car up for grabs, the stakes were high.

One of the MCs for the day, Channel 7 personality Rick Ardon, said it was great to see people gathered to raise money for kids.

“We had a sell-out crowd and could not fit more people in if we tried,’’ he said.

More than 5000 people attended the event.
Camera IconMore than 5000 people attended the event. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times

“Last year we raised $90,000 at this event, and it looks like we are headed towards $100,000 this year.

“People are so generous, and the people who come here just want to help Telethon.”

Bride-to-be and bingo fan Heather Martin, of Ellenbrook, celebrated her hen’s party at the event with her bridesmaids and mum.

Dressed in a veil and sash the 33-year-old said she enjoyed playing bingo and the potential to win money was exciting.

“At the moment we don’t know what the plans are for the evening, that all depends on how lucky we get,’’ she said. “So far I’ve won 50 cents but we’re having lots of fun.”

Carol Tao gets into the spirit of Mega Bingo.
Camera IconCarol Tao gets into the spirit of Mega Bingo. Credit: The Sunday Times

Great-grandmother Carol Tavo made the trip from Port Hedland to play with her friends from the Bingo Buddies Club. “It’s been such a lovely day out, I’ve really enjoyed myself and it’s great knowing we are helping the kids.”

Telethon general manager Mark McCrory said Mega Bingo was a great day out for all those who attended.

Ayleen Edwards walked away with the new Holden Trax, worth $24,000, and Natalie Reti pocketed the big $35,000 cash prize.

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