Oxley and Bright given a Helping Hand

by Lachlan Williams

Another two bowls clubs have benefitted from Bowls Australia’s (BA) Helping Hand Fund to help on the road to recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Oxley Bowling Club and Bright Bowls Club will receive $1232 and $1500 respectively from the fund.

Oxley plans to spend the money on replacing lights in a lighting tower, with Bright to purchase new refrigeration for their coolroom.

Bright board member Julie Ellis said the funding came at a great time for the club.

“You can’t imagine too many bowlers want warm drinks,” she said.

“Bar sales are very important to our club, same as afternoon teas, so to be able to cover these costs has been great.

“We are very grateful for the money we received, and it has been put to good use.”

2020 has been far from kind for Bright, with bushfires hitting the area hard early in the year, only for COVID to come along just a few months later.

“We normally get quite a few social bowlers during holiday time, but there was nothing with the fires around last year,” Julie said.

“It has been a long time without anyone up here, but we are still ticking along as best we can.”

The Helping Hand Fund was established through the Australian Sports Foundation to assist clubs who had been hit hard by the pandemic this year, with generous donations made from individuals and clubs around the country to help those in need.

To date, more than $10,000 has been donated to the fund.

Helping Hand Fund beneficiaries

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.