Helping Hand Fund


Bowls Australia expresses its sincere appreciation to the following individuals who have contributed $150 or more to the Helping Hand fund and have made a lasting difference to bowls clubs impacted by COVID-19.

BA would also like to make special mention of the Helping Hand Fund’s greatest contributor to date, the City of Heidelberg Bowling Club, who have provided a $3,000 donation to aid clubs effected by COVID-19.

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club  (Justin O Donnell)  $475  15/12/2020
Stawell Bowling Club  (Jessica Cass)  $470  3/12/2020
Avenue Bowling Club  (Peter Blythe)  $252.50  18/11/2020
Western Suburbs Women’s Bowling Club  $200  6/11/2020
Manning Bowling Club  (Jim Drake-Brockman)  $150  2/11/2020
Hampton RSL Bowling Club  (Kevin Kennedy)  $150  20/10/2020
Donvale Bowls Club  (Ron Gibbs)  $150.00  15/10/2020
Avoca Beach Women’s Bowling Club  $100  15/10/2020
Mount Eliza Bowling Club  (Gordon Sanders)  $252.50  9/10/2020
Nangiloc & District Bowls Club  (Shane Moore)  $151.50  2/10/2020
Dandenong Club  (Ross Dunlop)  $505  29/09/2020
Mosman Park Bowling Club  (Danielle Drake-Brockman)  $150  28/09/2020
City of Heidelberg Bowling Club  (John Starmans)  $3000  28/09/2020
South Perth Bowling Club  (Larry Brandy)  $151.50  24/09/2020
Michael Meehan  $151.50  24/09/2020
Vermont South Club  (Colin Haines)  $150  23/09/2020
WA Firefighters Social Bowling Club  (Victor Street)  $200  21/9/2020
Colin Haines  $150  21/9/2020
Melton Bowling Club  (Graham Butcher)  $1000  21/9/2020
Robert Nethercote  $151.50  21/9/2020
Irma Turner  $151.50  18/9/2020
John Dahlsen  $151.50  18/9/2020
Synthetic Bowling Solutions  (Mark Johnson)  $151.50  18/9/2020
Randwick Womans Bowling Club  (Teresa Tuckerman)  $151.50  17/9/2020
Greg Kennedy  $151.50  17/9/2020
Royal Melbourne  (Bruce Turnbull)  $150  17/9/2020
Balmoral Village  (Robin Forster)  $150  17/9/2020
Windang Bowling Club  (David Tyrrell)  $151.50  17/9/2020
Tocumwal Golf Bowls Club (Chris Philpot)  $151.50  17/9/2020


Bowls Australia (BA) is calling on the bowls community, and wider Australian community, to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to bowls clubs left financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Helping Hand fund is an integral part of BA’s response to the $136.4M impact* to bowls clubs across the nation created by the COVID-19 shutdown.

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

This pandemic has caused some serious stress on bowls clubs and many now find themselves in a position where they are in need of a helping hand simply to remain in existence.

Bowls clubs throughout the country, have been affected by the COVID-19 period, with 49% of clubs surveyed concerned about their future viability within six months and 75% fearful of their future prospects within one year, so BA are rallying for help to ensure the most impacted bowls clubs can continue to offer a welcoming environment and inclusive sport for the whole community, on the other side of this pandemic.

We know that some bowls clubs face daunting short-term viability, with club activity and income slashed due to the halt to social and competition bowls and bar trade, which are often the lifeblood for many volunteer-driven community clubs.

By contributing to the massive financial void imposed on the hardest hit clubs, we can ensure that they are able to return to a position of providing improved health and social outcomes for all Australians, particularly those of older Australians, who are especially susceptible to mental and physical health issues.

Helping Hand is your opportunity to play a critical role in getting bowls clubs, who are often the heartbeat of many regional and remote communities, back up and running.

This is your opportunity to shape the sport of bowls for future generations of Australians; with your support, we can ensure that bowls rebounds strongly in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Importantly, donations to the Helping Hand campaign are tax-deductible, through BA’s fundraising partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation.

If you are in a position to help, BA are calling on the whole bowls community, be it members of less-impacted clubs or even lovers of the odd game of barefoot bowls, to go above and beyond by donating to this important cause, to support BA’s COVID-19: Return to Bowls Plan and ensure the opportunity “for all Australians to engage with bowls during their lifetime.”

*A summary of the key findings obtained from this important COVID-19 national club survey can be viewed in an infographic here.


Donate via the Australian Sports Foundation

In recognition of donations:
$50 Donation
– Letter of Recognition from Bowls Australia President Bob Boorman and CEO Neil Dalrymple

$150 Donation
– Letter of Recognition from Bowls Australia President Bob Boorman and CEO Neil Dalrymple
– Acknowledgement of your donation on the ‘Helping Hand’ Online Recognition Board

Please show your support by making a tax deductible donation today!


Helping Hand application form

Applications must be submitted via email to:

Neil Dalrymple
Chief Executive Officer