Myponga Bowling Club raising awareness for Mental Health

by BOWLSSA7

Myponga Bowling Club raised $101-00 for Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation on Monday 8th February prior to commencing play for their President’s Day. 

$83-00 was previously raised during their Ladies Gala Day Friday 22nd January and they have two more fundraiser events planned, the Heatherdale Shield 8th March and a rescheduled Yankalilla Challenge with date to be determined.

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is supported by Bowls SA and Myponga Bowling Club’s major sponsor Fleurieu Milk’

Winners of MBC President’s day was a team from Willunga (L/R) Don Schumann, Danny Warren (Myponga Bowling Club president Michael Greenfield)  Steve Kidd & Tony Carter with a score of 44 points centre.

Ken Weeks from Port Elliot won the prestigious Spider competition with a strategic, calculated, perfect bowl that left everyone in amazement. Ken had a clear advantage by playing for Myponga in previous years and this green experience proved invaluable

Bowls SA would like to officially announce its new partnership with the South Australian based Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.

With mental illness a pressing issue in society, Bowls SA has joined forces with the team at the Breakthrough to help bring awareness to the importance of looking after your mental health within the bowls community and wider society.

The partnership will include a Breakthrough Community Round for bowls across the state early in 2021, to help raise awareness and funds for mental health.

The concept has previously been used within winter sports in the community, including football and netball, with great success.

Bowls SA CEO Mark Easton said mental health awareness is a priority and he is looking forward to collaborating with Breakthrough.

“We are pleased to be working with the great team at the Breakthrough to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health,” he said.

“2020 has been a chaotic year, with the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions dictating a large part of our lives, so Bowls SA wants to emphasise the importance to our members and the wider community of prioritising their mental health.

“Breakthrough do great work and we are excited to see what we can achieve in partnership with them.”

Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said mental illness is going to be the biggest health challenge in our lifetime.

“Mental illness consumes lives. It ruins lives. It takes lives,” he said.

“Bowling Clubs provide a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging which are fundamental in supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

“Sporting clubs have such a huge impact in their communities by being trusted voices and an ideal vehicle to drive the message about mental health awareness.”

More information will follow regarding specific details of the partnership and the programs that will be put in place.

For more information on the work done by the Breakthrough, visit breakthroughfoundation.org.au, or contact Community Event Specialist Maddi Haines on mhaines@breakthroughfoundation.org.au or 08 8236 8801.