Group of “Has Beens” Prove They Are Still Something!

Group of “Has Beens” Prove They Are Still Something!

Every day of the week, there are groups of people meeting for regular social lunches all over town.

Many of us have been to those sort of lunches, sometimes washed down with a few glasses of red, where the talk of what things were like “back in the old days” and how one would do something or other differently.

Usually the debates refer to the actions (or inactions) of a politician, or a football coach, or a player. Particularly for the older groups of lunch-goers, another constant in the musings often gets back to the topic of health .. and particularly that of their own health.

WAWSO (We All Were Something Once) are a group of retired and semi-retired businessmen who meet at Man Bo Chinese Restaurant in Moorabool Street on Tuesday afternoons.

Most of the group have had their health issues of one sort or another and, following learning of the impressive medical research projects that are undertaken at Barwon Health, decided they would try and lend a hand.

Locals Bob Eadie, Jack Ayerbe, Mike Fairweather, Nick Norgard, Tim Fletcher, Richard Murphy, Bruce Auld and Richard Bunn thought they might be able to run a function to raise a few dollars.

This all culminated in a fabulous evening last Wednesday night which included many of their mates – Geelong businesses like Rex Gorrell Motor Group, Bellarine Property, Malishev Group, Murphy’s Newsagency Geelong West, Portarlington Beach Motel and Wealth Planning Solutions. Guest speaker was Barwon Health’s Director of Cancer Services, Associate Professor Philip Campbell.

Funds raised were just on $30,000 – enough money to provide the annual stipend for a PhD scholarship in medical research at Barwon Health’s University Hospital Geelong and the group intend to run the night as an annual event to ensure a 3 year scholarship is fully funded.

WAWSO spokesperson, Bob Eadie said “We hope that what we have achieved inspires others to contact the Barwon Health Foundation and make a donation towards research or perhaps consider running their own fundraiser.

“Not many realise that the research being undertaken at Geelong Hospital is world class in so many areas and we all have a social responsibility to support it and be proud of what is going on right on our doorstep”

The group won’t be changing their name any time soon, but have proved even ‘WAWSO’S’ still have plenty to offer!