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Children to take part in snooker marathon for Puttinu Cares

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Children to take part in snooker marathon for Puttinu CaresThe Gozo Billiards & Snooker Club within the Leone Band Club is organising a 24-hour snooker, billiards and pool marathon in aid of the Puttinu Cares children’s cancer foundation, on Friday, the 29th and Saturday, the 30th of April, at the Aurora Opera House in Victoria.

The 29th of April is a special date for the Leone Philharmonic Society as it falls on the 55th anniversary of its donation of the Santa Marija statue to the Gozo Cathedral where it is now venerated. Thus, the Society will be organising an open-day comprising of various activities and events for all the family.

The marathon gets underway on Friday, the 29th of April at 5pm and continues until 5pm on Saturday, the 30th.

The closing ceremony includes the trophy presentations. Top officials from the Leone Philharmonic Society, Puttinu Cares Foundation and other distinguished guests will be in attendance. The marathon will be played on six tables, including two professional ones, each of which is over a hundred years old.

At present, subscriptions for this marathon are open. Interested players are asked to contact Mario Apap, the Leone Band Club bar or to call 21565835 at any time of the day. Over fifty players have already confirmed their participation. The club is encouraging all billiards lovers who do not normally take part in annual competitions, to have a try and help out. Participation is against a minimal payment of €5.00, players and supporters are encouraged to give their donations in support of this noble cause.

This year, the Gozo Billiards & Snooker Club is adding weight to this initiative by including an educational value for children. Since the philanthropic cause involves a foundation who works with children, the club is encouraging children themselves to participate and help with their meaningful donations. On Saturday, the 30th of April, between 10am and 12pm, the senior players will offer billiards demonstrations and teaching sessions to children. Children’s participation is free of charge. However it is recommended that they enrol themselves before the Friday evening as medals will then be distributed at the closing ceremony.

Leone Band Club said that the 24-hour marathon in aid of Puttinu Cares is proof of a musical Society, which, together with its voluntary cultural, artistic and sportive input, commits itself towards local and national philanthropy. This initiative will help Puttinu Cares develop 12 apartments located near the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton (London) for the use of families with children being treated for cancer.

More information can be obtained from www.leone.org.mt or www.gozosnooker.com,

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