Chaddy puts car up for grabs as club-saving campaign continues

by Lachlan Williams

Five years ago they were on the brink of closure, but now Chadstone Bowls Club is making exciting steps forward.

In December 2016, Chadstone Bowls Club was told by their local council that they were to be evicted in early 2017, with the the club to fold with no option to relocate.

The successful ‘Save Chaddy Bowls’ received enormous support from the bowls community, with the club staying put and council resolving that the club could remain at its current location as a part of a planned redevelopment. The club says four years later council has still not ratified the redevelopment.

“We have had total uncertainty since then. We have lost sponsors and been left in the dark,” Chadstone President Alan Jolly said.

“We have struggled financially over that four-year period, but on the green we are doing well.

“We have gone from Division Four to Division 2, won some flags and picked up some new bowlers.”

The club is now on the front foot to tackle its financial situation, the final chapter of the Save Chaddy Bowls campaign.

They are raffling a new KIA Picanto S in a push for financial security.

“The battle to survive has been expensive and has taken its toll,” Jolly said.

“The raffle will act as a one-step recovery mechanism to catch up on the last four years.”

Jolly said the raffle highlights the fighting spirit of the club and its members.

“Many people expected us to roll over and go away, but here we still are,” he said.

“The support of the bowls community from around Victoria and Australia last time was amazing and helped contribute to council overturning their decision, so hopefully we can see some of that support again now.” 

It is $10 a ticket, with tickets available for purchase by clicking here. The raffle closes on April 30.