About the project

Bowls Australia are calling on the bowls community, and wider Australian community, to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to bowls clubs left financially devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Helping Hand' is an integral part of Bowls Australia’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 at www.bowls.com.au/about-ba/key-documents/covid-19-related-national-club-survey/

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!

  • Simon Grout

    www.barefootbowls.com.au donates a percentage of Premium Upgrade Listings recorded in January & February.

  • Stuart John Pearson

    I am donating to help other clubs survive.

  • Ross Dunlop

    Dandenong Club very happy to support this very good cause.

  • Larry Bandy

    Good luck and good bowling

  • Michael Meehan

    Keep up the good work

  • Norm Whitehead

    Hang in there everyone. Bowls is important to us all. Best wishes

  • Grant Bell

    Good luck to all clubs who find themselves in financial difficulties in such unprecedented times.I am sure if all clubs pull together we will overcome this major setback and be back on the green playing the game we love.

  • Victor Street

    On behalf of the President of the WA Firefighters Social Bowling Club and its members we wish those clubs struggling all the best and are glad we could support their cause.

  • Mark Johnson

    Building Greens in Australia and NZ during this tough period we have seen the devastating effect that Covid has had on many Bowling Clubs bottom line. We are proud to donate to a cause that's sole purpose is to assist in this way.

  • Janet Pecar

    Stay Strong, if we all work together we will get thru this.

  • patrick stembridge

    I would hate to see any club go under due to this pandemic. Best wishes to all clubs.

  • Greg Kennedy

    Good luck to struggling clubs and associations.

  • David Tyrrell

    Just love this game! Thinking of the clubs struggling at this time. Let’s help them through.

  • John Milne

    Best Luck to the Club's who are finding it Tough during this COVID time.

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