You Inspire Us: What 3 clubs are doing to support their communities during COVID-19
Through the challenge of closing their doors during COVID-19, Clubs have stepped up to provide support to their members and the local community. We love seeing the amazing community spirit that continues to shine bright even through these difficult times.
Cowra Bowling Club
Cowra Bowling and Recreation Club got straight to work immediately after their doors closed, assisting their local Meals on Wheels. Their staff are not just assisting with food deliveries but cooking it as well! While the staff are on the meal delivery rounds they are also dropping off flyers to neighbouring houses, to let them know to contact the Club if they can assist with anything they need during isolation.
General Manager Marc Eisenhauer said clubs have always been there for the community during tough times.
“We will go and get any grocery needs, any medicines, anything they need, we will go and get it for them.”
“I know why we’re here… it’s to look after people,” Mr Eisenhauer said.
Members have enjoyed seeing a friendly familiar face, and love being able to have a quick chat during isolation.
Cherry Street Sports Club
Cherry Street Sports have been busy with some amazing initiatives, keeping the community spirit alive. General Manager, Tere Sheehan, has been seen driving around Ballina in his dune buggy with a number of familiar characters, to spread some Easter Cheer and also to wish some members a Happy Birthday.
The Club said it was a proud moment starting the new home delivery “Ready to Heat Meals” service.
“Our community needs us more than ever and it shows with over 260 deliveries for our first day.”
Cherry Street have also implemented a virtual Meat Raffle via their Facebook page, with live draws twice a week. All weekly profits from raffle ticket sales go directly towards discounting the home delivered meals the following week. In the first week of paying it forward, they were able to provide 360 Home Delivered Meals to the community at Half Price – delivered free to the community. The Club says it is a way to “Pay it forward… This is our way of providing cheaper meals for members during this lock down period.”
Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club
Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports club were quick to act and put together “Caba Care Packs”, an initiative to support their community during these difficult times. Each week the Club donates and delivers 30 gift packs to support locals in need. Each care pack contains a variety of essential food and household items, which the Club gives away to people who have suffered loss of income or who unable to get to the shops.
Members of the community can nominate a friend or family in need to receive a care pack, gifted from the Club. Locals can also contact the Club and purchase a care pack to “pay it forward & donate a care pack to a family/friend or a complete stranger”. General Manager, Nick Brabham says they are determined to put people before profits, and this the Club’s way of contributing and giving something back to members for supporting the Club over the years.