Kellie Martlew just moved a step closer to her dream.
She has been chosen to represent Australia in tenpin at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in March next year.
With the cost of making the trip estimated at $7000, she now has been handed $500 by the Port Pirie group of the South Australian Weightwatchers Association.
“I am very happy … a bit shocked. I would like to say thank you so much for the help,” Kellie said after accepting her gift from group president Marion Sandow.
Mrs Sandow said the group had hosted a successful state conference for 150 people at the Northern Festival Centre in May and money for community causes had become available as a result.
She said the Food Hub, Fred’s Van, Trax-FM and Heartbeat had each received $250.
“We have 29 members who attend our weekly Weightwatchers’ meetings including four who graduated in the past six months, having reached their goal weight,” she said.
“We meet at the Northern Country Music Association hall, in Afford Road, on Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
“Not everyone gets to the world titles, We wanted the money to stay with Port Pirie people. We will be all home here cheering Kellie.”
Kellie and her family will visit Parliament House on September 5 when Opposition human services spokeswoman Nat Cook will present a certificate of congratulations to the bowler.
“This will be a great opportunity for you to informally catch up with fellow athletes and Special Olympics staff,” Ms Cook said her a letter to the inspiring Kellie.