Australian Blind Bowlers Association given a Helping Hand

by Lachlan Williams

Another bowls organisation has been granted financial assistance through Bowls Australia’s (BA) Helping Hand Fund to combat the impact of COVID-19.

The Australian Blind Bowlers Association (ABBA) has been allocated $1500 to cover a portion of the costs associated with their players’ and directors’ travel and uniform requirements for the ABBA Trans Tasman and National Championships set to take place next year.

ABBA is the peak body for blind bowls in Australia, providing opportunities to compete at all levels, including nationally and internationally.

ABBA president Greg Kennedy said he was grateful for the support the Fund has provided.

“It’s fantastic to work in partnership with Bowls Australia and this funding will be a great help for our members,” Kennedy said.

“It’s always difficult to raise funds for an organisation like ours, so a funding opportunity such as this is very welcome.”

ABBA is the third group to have received money from the Helping Hand Fund, following grants to Morwell Club Bowls Club and Eastwood Golf Bowls Club.

The Helping Hand Fund is an integral part of BA’s direct response to the considerable impact on bowls clubs across the nation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, more than $9500 has been contributed to the fund, with more donations encouraged to help other clubs and organisations in need.

Donations to the Helping Hand campaign are tax-deductible and all monies raised will be distributed directly to bowls clubs and not-for-profit bowls organisations affected significantly by COVID-19; BA are calling on all levels of the bowls community to show support in times of hardship and need.