OnkaStompa Fishing Competition is looking set for it's biggest turnout ever

Location, location: Perry's Bend in Noarlunga Downs where the fishing competition is held. Photo: OnkaStompa.
Location, location: Perry's Bend in Noarlunga Downs where the fishing competition is held. Photo: OnkaStompa.

The OnkaStompa Fishing Competition is set for its biggest ever event in 2019 with over 130 sponsors already on board.

Beginning 14 years ago, the OnkaStompa Fishing Competition which is held in the Onkaparinga River at Perry's Bend, Noarlunga Downs, has gone from strength to strength after Founder and Organiser Mark Mills started the event in 2005.

Mark said that the event started out as a fishing meetup of around 37 anglers but quickly grew to become a charity event when they realised they needed a permit for such a large group. When this happened Mark was quick to identify the Childhood Cancer Association as the events organisation of choice.

"Cancer is a nasty illness that you wouldn't wish upon an adult let alone a kid having to go through that sort of thing, that's why I went down that road," he said.

Chief Executive of the Childhood Cancer Association Cath O'Loughlin said the OnkaStompa Fishing Competition is the Childhood Cancer Association's longest running community fundraising event, and one which provides vital funds to support the 30 services that are provided to hundreds of local families impacted by childhood cancer.

"Services that support the whole family to cope with what can be a long and challenging road ahead. These services include counselling, to emergency accommodation and respite, to educational support and a range of other tailored services," she said.

"When a child receives a childhood cancer diagnosis, families can rely on outstanding medical treatment for their child, but the whole family needs immediate support and access to critical services to help them get through.

The 2019 OnkaStompa Fishing Competition will be held on Sunday, November 17 at Perry's Bend on the Onkaparinga in Noarlunga Downs. To enter simply turn up on competition day; entry is free however, donations to the Childhood Cancer Association are encouraged.

For more information visit the OnkaStompa Facebook page.