Bindjareb Murray Darts Association pitches in to raise funds for Maori culture group

Wairua Tipuna's Kereama Nepia-Chalmers and Whaea Jo Matthews accept an $1800 donation from Bindjareb-Murray Darts Association's Maurice Heta-Tohu and Ashley Watts. Photo: Justin Rake.
Wairua Tipuna's Kereama Nepia-Chalmers and Whaea Jo Matthews accept an $1800 donation from Bindjareb-Murray Darts Association's Maurice Heta-Tohu and Ashley Watts. Photo: Justin Rake.

Mandurah-based Maori culture group Wairua Tipuna is set to benefit from an $1800 donation thanks to the Bindjareb-Murray Darts Association (BMDA).

The newly-formed association used its opening event to raise the much needed cash for the group, which consisted of a bundle of multicultural entertainment along with singles, doubles and round robin events to make up competition.

Nga Uri Motorcycle Riders also made an appearance on the day to help with the fundraising efforts.

Wairua Tipuna director Whaea Jo Matthews said the money would be a huge help to the organisation, and would go towards providing food for those hosting funerals for lost loved ones.

“This is a huge help and so unexpected – we can’t thank the guys at the darts association enough for going above and beyond to help us out,” she said.

“The money is going to a long way to helping people out in our community so it’s something we’re very thankful for.”

BMDA founder Maurice Heta-Tohu said the final cash count was well above the target they set out to achieve.

“We’re a new organisation so it’s hard to know what to expect, but we’re very happy with how it all went,” he said.

“To know the money is going to such a worthy cause that will help a lot of people out is great.”

The success of the event has prompted the BMDA to plan more fundraising drives in the future.

They will also be kicking off junior clinics in the new year.

For more information on the day or the BMDA email mauricedart@gmail.com or call Maurice on 0473 531 192.