Eastwood given a Helping Hand

by Lachlan Williams

A second bowls club has benefited from Bowls Australia’s (BA) Helping Hand Fund, granted money to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

Eastwood Golf Bowls Club, in Melbourne’s east, was recently granted more than $850 to purchase sanitiser and face masks for members.

Eastwood president Tracy Kennelly said the club, just like many across the country, has been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.

“Our club is only small and our numbers have depleted over the last few years. We have also lost a few members due to the impact of COVID coupled with a fee rise from the Golf club,” she said.

“Our ability this year to run our Jack Attack competitions, our barefoot bowls and our corporate Bowls have been severely hampered.”

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

Eastwood Golf Bowls Club is the second beneficiary of the fund, with Morwell Club Bowls Club granted $2,765 earlier in the month.

To date, $9417 has been donated to the Helping Hand Fund.

BA CEO Neil Dalrymple said the fund is in place to help clubs just like Eastwood.

“This allocation of funds will hopefully assist Eastwood Golf Bowls Club in their return to the greens,” he said.

“It is fantastic to see so much money already contributed by the Bowling public and we hope to see more contributions to help other clubs and individuals across the country who are currently doing it tough.”

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.