Region chips in to help stricken club

by Team BV

Although the weather was against us, the goodwill was with us.

Geelong Bowls Region’s fundraiser to share the load with Clifton Springs after their recent misfortune to their greens was a huge success. 

Clifton Springs recently had two of their greens badly damaged following heavy rain.

Of 24 clubs in the region, 21 clubs were in attendance or contributing at the fundraising day, which raised more than $8,000. 

A GBR team and a team from Bowls Victoria led by Vice President John Inglese, plus several teams of keen supporters of bowls, made a full field of 28. 

Due to the generosity of our Clubs, participants and spectators, $6,200 was raised for the day.

Further contributions from Queenscliff, Lara and Ocean Grove added another $1,860 making a grand total of in excess of $8,000. 

The Geelong Bowls Region would like to thank everyone for their support.

A special thanks to Barrie Lester, the current Victorian Champion of Champions and State singles champion, who donated a three-hour coaching clinic. 

This coaching clinic was purchased by Point Lonsdale at a cost of $500.

Thanks also to Matt Flapper and Nicole Shortis for their assistance in gaining this support from Bowls Victoria and Bowls Australia. 

To the many businesses and sporting bodies that donated to the raffle and prizes for the bowls, a big thank you for your support. 

A special thank you to Portarlington Bowls Club for hosting the event, running the bar and donating the proceeds, providing the afternoon tea and being a significant partner in this day.

Clifton Springs President Rosemary Sexton expressed her gratitude to all concerned for making the day possible – not only for the monetary assistance but equally for the uplifting moral support.

They have been able to repair their recently laid green, and with the City of Greater Geelong responding in a positive manner, we will see the Clifton Springs Bowls Club with a new number two green back and fully operational soon. 

Photos courtesy Rob McCubbin