Grafton Bridge Club members Dennis Ford and Heather Roland prepare fgor the
Grafton Bridge Club members Dennis Ford and Heather Roland prepare fgor the "Bridge for Brains" event to be held as part of nationwide bridge fundraiser. Adam Hourigan

Card players ante up

RESEARCH guinea pigs usually endure needles and a certain amount of poking and questioning by medicos; but a group of Grafton residents is paying to be involved in one of the latest programs.

"I think the concept is absolutely brilliant; whoever thought of it couldn't have chosen anything better," Grafton Bridge Club member Heather Roland said.

"We're being researched doing something we all love to do, even more so when we know it's going towards extremely valuable work on neuroscience."

Grafton Bridge Club members will today take part in Neuroscience Research Australia's nationwide brain research challenge.

Research conditions are created by giving each player set hands, rather than the usual random shuffled hands, and recording resulting play.

As many as 24 Grafton Bridge Club members and visiting players will form partnerships upstairs in South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club today from 12.30pm in the Bridge for Brain Research Challenge.

Their $2 entry fee and a club donation of $5 per player will kick off their fundraising for Neuroscience Research Australia.

A highly complex, competitive and social card game, bridge is loved by many fans as a mind challenge.

"I think it helps my memory, has made me a little more alert in what I'm thinking about and has hopefully helped me in assessing and balancing up things better," Mrs Roland said.

Many doctors emphasise the need to keep the mind active, making bridge an excellent choice to ward off dementia.

Grafton Bridge Club meets at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club every Thursday from 12.30-5pm and on Fridays from 10.30am.



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