Bowls clubs and bowlers around the country continue to dig deep for Bowls Australia’s (BA) Bowls Disaster Relief Fund, with more than $25,000 raised since the start of January.
Thornbury Bowls Club made a significant contribution to the fund, raising $4500 after a successful fundraising event to help clubs impacted by fires across Australia.
About 190 people turned out to the club’s event on January 17 – co-hosted with events organisation Rinky Dinky – running activities including triples bowls, a raffle and live music.
The club sold through more than 2 donated “karma kegs” in the first few hours of the event, with donated beer allowing the club to donate 100 per cent of sales.
Event co-organiser Ronelle Richards said the support from bowlers and the community was incredible.
“I’m so grateful to the incredible teamwork of our club and Rinky Dink who helped pull this event together in less than a week. And I’m so humbled by the generous spirit of the Thornbury community who supported this event,” she said.
“I grew up in the Black Saturday impacted area of Kilmore, so seeing the impact of bushfires on the community and bowls clubs like Malua was heartbreaking. This was a small way to help ease some of the burden of rebuilding.”
Ms Richards said she was especially appreciative of online support from the bowling community.
BA CEO Neil Dalrymple accepted a $4500 from the club on January 30 alongside Regional Bowls Manager Paul Holtschke.
“It is amazing to see the ongoing efforts of clubs, like Thornbury, in helping those in need,” Mr Dalrymple said. 100 per cent of all sums raised for the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund are re-directed back to clubs in need.
By Lachlan Williams