Waikerie Bowling Club looking out for their members!

by BowlsSA2

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the recent closure of the Waikerie Bowling Club facilities, which provides a vital community link to many elderly members not only through bowls but also various community events and monthly meal nights.

The catering committee at Waikerie Bowling Club decided after the closure, there was a need to keep in contact with some of their more elderly members and put into place a food drop project with a once a week delivery, at no charge to the recipients.

The committee and several of the club’s members have committed funds toward the project and so far, some 60 meals have already been distributed.

Due to the pandemic, a small team of three volunteers are committed to the project, with social distancing rules and cleanliness their priority to prevent any chance of cross contamination. The volunteers are following strict food safe requirements and all meals are frozen prior to delivery for the recipient’s convenience and safety.

Last week when the first delivery went out, the response was most heartening from the recipients, with one elderly widower brought to tears by the Bowling Club’s generosity and community care.

Waikerie Bowling Club volunteers, Andy Fulwood and Kerry Rogers are putting out a challenge to all Bowling clubs to come up with something within their club to stay in contact with their older members.

“Let’s not forget the founders of our clubs, many of them now are missing the community contact at their bowling club, many of them have no one to else to look after them. It might be simply a weekly phone call from someone on the committee, just to let them know their Club cares about them and wants to see them back after the club reopens. It could be picking up their groceries from the shops, or dropping off a care package. It won’t take much to make that contact which will keep the ‘bowling club family’ alive. “

From Bowls SA we say fantastic work to the Waikerie Bowling Club.