ONE of Port Pirie’s most beloved athletes, Kellie Martlew, was the centre of attention at a high tea to raise money so she can represent Australia overseas in tenpin bowling.
Kellie, 39, will venture to Abu Dhabi in March next year to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
She was placed firmly in the spotlight at the fundraiser held in her honour and hosted by Ellei and Neville Bone last Wednesday.
“I’m so excited. I can’t wait,” she said about travelling to the games.
Ellei is part of a group of friends, also including Kellie’s mother, Nancy, helping Port Pirie’s tenpin star raise the $7000 required to travel to the games held in the Middle East.
“You do it because we are Pirie and that’s what we do,” Ellei said of the fundraising and support thrown behind Kellie.
Ellei said she had known Kellie for at least 20 years.
“She’s a beautiful person, very humble and very caring,” she said.
“You want to do things for people like that.”
Kellie thanked the community for supporting her fundraising efforts to travel for the international games.
Barbecues, a cake stall, a stall at the Smelter’s Picnic as well as a mega raffle – in addition to the high tea held last week – have been organised to raise money for the cause.
Her employer, Woolworths, and the Port Football Club have been incredibly supportive of Kellie’s efforts.
Port will host the drawing of the mega raffle at its Wandearah Road clubrooms on December 7.