Marcus Woods against cancer

By Marcus "Woodsy" Woods

Why I'm here.

Hello there everyone,
My name is Marcus Woods of Greenlees Park Bowling Club in Concord, Sydney, NSW.

Over the past twelve months or so our club has seen several members affected by cancer in one way or another. Three have succumbed to cancer & at least two are currently fighting two different types of cancer.

I've had just about enough of seeing people I call friends either dying or being very sick from these cancers. So I've decided to try & do something to help raise much needed funds for the "Chris O'Brien Lifehouse".

For those that know me, I have been growing a beard that I have become very attached to. My partner Natalie & my daughters however don't share the same love for my chin fuzz. They would love nothing more than to see it gone. So I have made them a deal in that I will get rid of it once I've reached my target fundraising goal. They have agreed to this idea, as they can see that it will benefit a great cause.

So, here I go. I have set myself a goal of $1500 & I'll shave off my beard & if I get to $3000 I'll also go down to a #1 cut on my head. Please help me raise much needed funds for "The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse"
Regards, Marcus "Woodsy" Woods.

My Updates

Marcus goes past $5000

Tuesday 22nd Feb
A huge thank you to all involved in our Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Fundraiser event yesterday at Greenlees Park Bowlo (Briars Sports Club) At final count the total raised was $5178, and yes the beard & hair went. 
See you on the greens. 

My new goal

Monday 21st Feb
Well, well, well. There it is ladies & gentlemen. I’ve surpassed my new fundraising goal of $5000. So stoked right now. 

Fundraiser Day on the bowling greens

Sunday 20th Feb
The day was a great success & I am proud to announce that we now have amassed $4811. So off came all the hair as promised if I got to $3000.
Regards, Woodsy 

The day is nearly here

Thursday 17th Feb
Hello everyone, Marcus Woods here.
This Saturday will see my Chris O'Brien Lifehouse fundraiser come to fruition. So now is the time to let you all know whats going on in regards to my efforts.
Firstly, the day itself is a social bowls event that we always play on a Saturday. However we have gazetted this day as a fours event. So get your teams in asap. At the conclusion of our bowls we will be holding our normal raffle with some extra prizes added in. Along with the $50 dollars to a members card & 3 $30 IGA cards, we will also be giving away 2 BWS cards worth $50 each. We will also be auctioning off a Henselight bowls bag generously donated by Paul Koziollek & a signed 2021 Waratahs Jersey generously donated by Arwel Roberts & Jaye Stevenson. Also, 50% of the raffle take will be generously donated to my cause, ontop of the $300 already donated & the BWS cards purchased for said raffle by Greenlees Park Bowling Club.
I have pledged to get rid of my beard at the $1500 mark, which has already been achieved. I have then pledged to get rid of the hair on my head at the $3000 mark. So far I'm at the $2300 point, so donate fast to see my melon go bare. Can't wait to see you all down at the bowlo on Saturday & bring the cash to this great cause.
Regards, Woodsy.

Greenlees Park Bowlo

Thursday 3rd Feb
Thank you so much GPBC for your generous donation of $300.
Regards, Woodsy.

Well there goes the beard.

Wednesday 2nd Feb
Well there goes the beard. Well & truely surpassed the $1500 mark today. My fundraising has hit $1922 today. So as promised as a result of getting to $1500 the much loved beard will go on February 19th. So I better get the most out of it for the next two weeks. LOL!!!!!!

Burwood Diggers Bowling Club

Monday 31st Jan

Hi David,

 Thank you very much for the call just now. We so appreciate Club Burwood RSL Bowling Club making a donation of $250.00 directly to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse on behalf of Marcus Woods’ fundraising efforts.       thank you!

New fundraising target.

Saturday 29th Jan
After having over $800 pledged in the past few days, I've decided to make my new fundraising target $5000.00. Help me get there.

It's official

Thursday 27th Jan
I've got an official fundraising date.
On Saturday February 19th I will be raising funds for this worthy cause via my bowling club. Greenlees Park Bowling club will be facilitating my fundraiser during their social bowls day. A $350 donation, Green fees, half the raffle ticket sales & a $500 donation from our mother club Briars Sports will all go towards my fundraising effort. This for sure will see my beard & head hair all go for this worthy cause.
Tuesday 18th Jan
Thursday 13th Jan

Natalie got to me with the scissors.

Friday 10th Dec
Hi everyone. 
Thank you very much to those that have donated already. I have already recieved the best part of $500 in such a short time. Speaking of short, Natalie has taken to my beard & given it a bit of a trim, actually too much of a trim in advance of our night out at the Canterbury night horse racing tonight. She wanted me looking less like a cave man I guess. Do not fear though, I will be continuing the beard growing whilst I carry on rustling up donations for The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.
Regards, Woodsy

This was me before the beard.

Tuesday 7th Dec
This was me before the beard.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Raffle Money


Auction Proceeds


Briars Sports


Greenlees Park Bowling Club


Burwood Rsl Diggers Outdoor Bowls

Good luck!


Garry Savvidis

My uncle spent a bit of time there at the Chris O Brian life house before he lost his battle. Great place and people, they can use the extra funding. Great job Woodsy 👍


Greenlees Park Women's Bowls

What a great cause! Go for Gold.


Matina Moffitt


Natalie Cowell

Oh please please please get to the target 😂😘


Ian Jarvis

Lifehouse is a fantastic treatment centre, my Mum is currently being treated there and they are remarkable. Mach 3 Texx not a number 1! Cheers... Jarvo


Tanya Lockwood

I’m doing this for 2 reasons: 1. For Nat (she has to see that thing everyday 😂) 2. Because my father died of cancer when he was only 44yo


Cara & Alexis

Good on your Marcus


Raelene Buvac


Tanya Lockwood

WELL DONE!!! $5k


Alyssa Mazzeo


David Brown


Tony Moussa


Suzanne Moig

You are such a caring Person Marcus Woods


John Stamboulie


Karen Kelly

Twelve months yesterday since my own diagnosis. I am always indebted to the wonderful professionals who have looked after me along the way. Congratulations!!


Micky T


Monique Laaper


Terry Burgess

can I give you a card number or does it have to be cash. If cash I will give it to you at my Birthday Party.


Jacinta Nicholl

Great job Marcus!


Kylie Norris

Great cause and good luck!


Louise Gray

Good on you Woodsy! My father was a regular at Greenlees bowling club for many years before he lost his battle with cancer 28yrs ago. I hope you reach your target! 🥰


Leanne Worsley

Good on you marcus. Proud to call you my friend


Fiellissa Royle

Well done U achieved your goal keep up the good work . I have so many close family and friends dealing with cancer so I clearly understand .


Marcus Woods


Clay Parcell




Mark & Mei Gorlicki/lam


Kypros Vatiliotis


Terrry O'kane


Dave Materazzo

Good on ya Marcus


Megan Garcia




Dennis Doherty

Well done Marcus


Christopher Maxfield

Good job mate - sorry I was a bit late...and maybe a little "light".


Tracey Russell


Col Darlington


Ron Kubyk


Tony Mondato


Kevin Uyeda


Terry Munroe


Giuseppi Tassone


Margaret Watson


Tiny Dancer


Marlene Barnes


John Gliddon


Mark Cooper


Chelsea Woods

Well done dad, such a good cause. Proud of you Love your angel ❤️❤️❤️


Adrian Zulian


John Restaino


Anne Hare


Paul Koziollek