Calls for Helping Hand support

by Lachlan Williams

With ongoing lockdowns in both NSW and Victoria, Bowls Australia (BA) is calling on the bowls community, and wider Australian community, to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to bowls clubs hit hardest.

Last year, BA established the Helping Hand Fund to financially assist clubs struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limitations on trade and operations.

The bowls community showed its true colours of support, with thousands of dollars raised and distributed directly to clubs who needed it most.

BA is once again seeking the generosity of bowlers and clubs from across the country to do what they can to assist others in the bowls community.

BA CEO Neil Dalrymple said he hopes the bowls community can come together to support clubs in need, as they have done generously in the past.

“Last year we saw the generosity of the bowls community shine through, but unfortunately, many clubs in NSW and Victoria are still doing it really tough with lengthy lockdowns and uncertain futures, so we’re calling on support from those that are better placed to provide a helping hand,” Dalrymple said.

“Bowls prides itself on being the sport for all Australians, and as is the national ethos, lending a hand in times of need.”

Five clubs and one association were given financial assistance from the valued donations raised last year, with BA hopeful of distributing further funds to clubs in need, such as Maribyrnong Park Bowls Club in Melbourne’s north-west.

$1500 has been allocated to Maribyrnong Park to assist with club repairs, easing some financial burden in a difficult time.

“Thanks for supporting the little guys in the bowls family,” President Luke Fagan said.

To learn more about the Helping Hand Fund, to donate or to apply for financial assistance, click here.

Donations to the Helping Hand campaign are tax-deductible and BA are calling on all levels of the bowls community to show support to clubs in times of need.