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Club Helensvale is proud to announce our latest round of Community Benefit Funding has been decided and seven local organisations will share $24,800.

We’re excited to see our reach spreading to new organisations since the re-introduction of the Community Benefit Fund in 2021, with first time recipients Gold Coast Tweed Motorsports, Coomera Netball Club and Coomera Hope Island Cricket Club submitting successful applications.

Organisations which are already part of the Club Helensvale family, Helensvale Netball, Helensvale Hornets JRL, Pimpama Swimming and Arundel Ride for the Disabled round out the successful applicants for January 2024.

Some of the projects we are funding in round 6 will benefit a wide range of the local community. Arundel Ride for the Disabled will be using their funding for new shade structures for the horses at their complex just off Brisbane Road in Arundel. The Coomera Hope Island Cricket Club are fundraising to replace their synthetic turf in the bowling nets to reduce the risk of injury bowling on concrete and the Pimpama Swimming Club, who were only established in 2023, and are now forming representative teams to compete and require new uniforms for coaches and athletes.

Almost $5000 will be used by organisations to upgrade their equipment such as sporting balls and first aid kits.

Club Helensvale has also donated $10,000 to the ClubsCare initiative by Clubs Queensland to support those in need after the devastating weather events we have witnessed across QLD in the past couple of months.

We are also donating $1 from all seniors meals and lunch specials which we estimate will be a further $2000 to the cause.

Our next round of Community Benefit Funding will open in May and be advertised on our website and social media channels.

Club Helensvale is committed to donating $50,000 per year to our local community through the Community Benefit Fund but will also continue supporting local charities, organisations and not-for-profit groups with free room hire and fundraising assistance throughout the year.

For more information regarding the Community Benefit Fund please visit the Community page on our website or contact Community and Marketing Manager Kelsey Cottrell at [email protected]

Bowlers across Robina have breathed a collective sigh of relief, with Club Helensvale coming to the rescue of the ailing Robina Bowls Club. 

The club faced several years of financial difficulties, with COVID 19 putting the club’s future on a knife-edge.

However, the purchase by Club Helensvale ensures bowls will continue at the site, with big improvements planned for both the bowls and club facilities.

Club Helensvale CEO Wayne Moffatt, said the clubs first started talks in late 2022.

“It was clear to us very quickly that the club was on the verge of closure and without outside support it would almost certainly fold, Mr Moffatt stated.

“As a not-for-profit community bowls club we felt it was within our charter to help out, providing a brighter future for the Robina community and adding another great facility for our members residing to the south to enjoy.”

With the support of our both boards, the agreement to take over the club was approved by Robina Bowls Club members in December, with Club Helensvale taking over operations immediately.

Club Helensvale has already made its mark on Robina, re-branding the venue to Club Robina, re-launching a new restaurant menu, completing improvements to car parking, and employing three new staff.

But that’s just the beginning of an even brighter future according to CEO Wayne Moffatt.

“The club in the leafy streets of Robina will be given a new lease on life, with multi-million-dollar renovations planned over the coming years,” he said.

“Our first priority will be to improve the standard of the bowling greens that support the 180 strong bowling membership.

“Then we’ll turn our attention to the club facilities, with a new masterplan to be created, offering modern club facilities for the whole community to enjoy!”

The support of Club Helensvale has been welcomed by the club’s bowling members including Dawn Forrest who joined the club in 1994 and held the positions of Secretary, Games Director, Treasurer, Ladies President and Board Member.

“I was quite upset to think that my club may close its doors after almost 30 years as a member,” Mrs Forrest said.

“When I heard Club Helensvale was interested in taking on the club, I felt like we were being thrown a lifeline.

“Things are now looking bright for us and I’m very positive and optimistic about the future for Club Robina.”

In an ironic twist of fate, Club Helensvale was in its own financial hardship only three years ago.

“When COVID shut the industry down in March 2020, we weren’t in a great position,” Mr Moffatt recalled.

“However, with the support of our members, we’ve turned that around, completing two major renovations in 2021 and 2022.

“We’re now embarking on a $13 million renovation including construction of a new international standard undercover bowling green, two-story bowlers lounge and function centre, and carpark upgrades.

“To be in the position to renovate our entire club and now take on Club Robina is a fantastic achievement for our members.

“Members will be able to join at either club for just $5 for one year, or $20 for five years and enjoy access and member benefits across both clubs.

“Club Helensvale is proud to support our community and the addition of Club Robina ensures the local community can continue to enjoy their local club for years to come.”

For more information on the new look Club Robina, visit clubrobina.com.au

Club Helensvale has continued to support local charities, schools, sporting groups and organisations through our Community Benefit Fund and is proud to have donated over $100,000 back into our community since the club re-opened post the global pandemic in 2020.

Whilst there have been challenges for the hospitality industry, Club Helensvale has remained true to our word; promising to donate $25,000 twice a year back into the community.

Congratulations to the eight local organisations who have been successful with their applications for our round 4 funding.  

It is always a difficult task for our Board of Directors to select the worthiest recipients and projects, and this latest round of funding was no exception; the total funding sort from all applications was more than $62,000.

There is a diverse group of recipients including two newcomers, the newly established Pimpama Swimming Club and The Rainbow House organisation.  

Pimpama Swimming Club needed financial assistance to prepare for swim meets for their elite swimmers. We have been able to provide funds to purchase backstroke ledges and tethered pool trainers.

The Rainbow House is an organisation which provides grief counselling and parent support groups. The organisation is run by volunteers, but they seek funding to engage professional counsellors to work with young children and teenagers in our local community.

We were delighted to see other organisations who were previous funding recipients reapply for new and exciting projects.

Helensvale Netball, Pacific Pines Football Club and the Helensvale Hornets Junior Rugby League Club were all in need of new training equipment, whilst the Helensvale Hogs are spending over $10,000 to provide a sun safe location for all the families coming to watch their games. This will be a great addition to their facility.

TAC-Q is another wonderful organisation we are only too happy to assist financially each year.

“Teenage Adventure Camps Qld and I would like to express our huge gratitude to you for being one of our very kind supporters over the years, helping us to provide our annual Fleay’s Wildlife Adventure for disadvantaged and special needs children and our annual camps for terminally-ill teenagers and those with a life threatening, chronic illness,” said Issy Asofa.

And last but no means least we treasure the relationship we have with the Helensvale State High School and will support this great school wherever we can well into the future.

For more information on the Community Benefit Fund or other ways Club Helensvale can support local organisations please contact Kelsey at [email protected]

Club Helensvale is proud to have donated $10,000 to the Red Cross Flood Appeal in March 2022. Southeast QLD and Northern New South Wales had endured a lot of heartache during this natural disaster and our club was in a position to help those suffering the most.

Club Helensvale has made a commitment to inject $50,000 a year back into our local community through our Community Benefit Fund; however, when events like these arise it’s important to act immediately and get financial support to those who need it the most in the quickest way possible.

Members of Club Helensvale’s Board and Management met with volunteers from the Queensland Red Cross Association to present a cheque. Whilst the clean-up had only just started and they had witnessed first-hand a lot of sadness and loss, the donation brought a smile to the volunteers knowing where that money would be distributed.

Clubs are an integral part of the community and here at Club Helensvale we are proud to support over 20 organisations, charities, local schools, and junior sporting clubs. As Club Helensvale continues to grow, our support of the community will grow with us!

If you would like to enquire about the Community Benefit Fund or any fundraising activities please email Kelsey Cottrell [email protected]

Club Helensvale is proud to support local charities, schools, aged care facilities, hospitals, people with disabilities, animal welfare and sporting organisations to name a few, and we have established long-standing relationships with services and people around our local community for a number of years.

The Club Helensvale Community Benefit Fund welcomes requests from eligible organisations bi-annually, and recently we have awarded a total of $25,000 to seven worthy recipients in the first round of funding for 2021.

Club Helensvale Chairman Paul Wilson was delighted the club is in the position to give back to our community and was impressed with the projects and passion in our community.  

“On behalf of the Board of Directors at Club Helensvale I’d like to commend the applicants for their submissions to the Community Benefit Fund,” Mr Wilson said.

“The passion everyone has for their community groups shone through and we’re pleased to provide financial support to seven organisations totaling $25,000 in this round of funding.”

“Club Helensvale is committed to injecting a further $25,000 back into our local community in the next round of funding. We’re looking forward to reading more submissions and seeing the amazing work of more non-for-profit organisations and their wonderful volunteers.”

Congratulations to the following organisations on your successful applications.

Helensvale Calisthenics Dance Academy

Helensvale Senior Citizens

Oxenford State School

Helensvale High School- ABW

Coomera Cubs Baseball Club

Pacific Pines Football Club

Helensvale/Pacific Pines Cricket Club

We will continue to work with these organisations by helping them with further fundraising activities and invite them all to the club for a community barefoot bowls day soon.

Be on the lookout for applications opening this month for the next round of funding. All the information will be uploaded here and advertised through our social media channels.

Club Helensvale is looking to bowl over a new audience for the sport of bowls, with the introduction of a Bowls Australia-backed Jack Attack initiative.

Bowls Australia’s Jack Attack product is designed to increase social participation in the sport of bowls, by filling the current gap in the market between competitive pennant play and social/bare­foot/corporate bowls.

Club Helensvale was attracted to the product’s inclusive, social, fast-paced format to help boast participation numbers, by appealing to people opposed to playing in longer traditional formats and by providing a more structured competition than barefoot bowls.

Jack Attack capitalises on the success of the televised Bowls Premier League competition; closely replicating the style of play through its format and time-limits.

Competition involves teams of three, known as triples, with more players able to be registered to accommodate for busy lifestyles, and substitutions permitted in each game, with each match lasting little more than 60 minutes.

Club Helensvale hopes Jack Attack will be the catalyst for further participants trying their hand at the sport and rolling them down more often.

Jack Attack will be played every Wednesday night, over 4 weeks, commencing October 6th.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Aron Sherriff
0402 331 761
[email protected]

“We, the people of Australia, respect and give thanks to all who have served in our defence force and their families. We acknowledge the unique nature of military

service and the sacrifice demanded of all who commit to defend our nation. We undertake to preserve the memory and deeds of all who have served and promise to

welcome, embrace and support all military veterans as respected and valued members of our community.”

“For what they have done, this we will do.”

Club Helensvale affirm this oath declared in The Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Act of 2019 which received Royal Assent on 30 October 2019.

Please read below an official media statement made by Bowls Australia regarding the postponement of the 2020 World Bowls Championships.

Controlling body World Bowls (WB) and host nation Bowls Australia (BA) have agreed that the 2020 World Bowls Championships be postponed indefinitely as a result of the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

The event, which was set to be staged on the Gold Coast, Queensland, from May 26 – June 7, and involve 36 competing nations from around the world, has prioritised the health and safety of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers.

Further to the risk of public exposure, many nations have also implemented strict measures on local and international travel, including Australia, where travelers from overseas are currently being made to self-isolate for at least 14 days.

The intention remains to stage the event at an appropriate time in the future, however, given the current climate around the uncertainty related to the virus, WB and BA are unable to provide an official confirmation of rescheduled dates at this stage.

World Bowls Chief Executive Officer, Gary Smith, said the unfortunate decision was made with the health and safety of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers as the primary concern.

“Given the uncertainty we face as a global community, we have made the unfortunate, but necessary action related to the 2020 World Bowls Championships,” Smith said.

“This situation is not unique to bowls, with many other sports and competitions around the world taking similar cautionary measures.

“We believe this is the right decision to minimise the risk of public exposure to the Coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation recently declared a global pandemic.”

BA Chief Executive Officer, Neil Dalrymple, said both parties would continue to monitor the situation and liaise with competing countries as to the future staging of the event.

“We have been monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely for several months, with advice taken from the relevant stakeholders and government agencies,” Dalrymple said.

“The decision was not made without careful consideration and we firmly believe they have been made in line with the best interests of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers.

“We are fully aware that athletes, officials and others may have made travel arrangements for this event, but our overriding concern is the health and safety of all involved in the event.”

Further information pertaining to the status of the 2020 Australian Open and other national events will be made by BA in the coming days.

Club Helensvale is the place to be to celebrate Senior’s Week this month. It is a great opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people in our community.

Club Helensvale will be celebrating Senior’s Week all week long from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August. As part of our week of celebrations come in for our Monday and Thursday morning Bingo and Thursday Night Meat Raffles for complimentary raffle tickets with your purchase. Blu bistro and Cafe22 have some delicious lunch and dinner specials from just $12. Show your senior’s card to be eligible.

We will be holding a free Come and Try Lawn Bowls Day on Thursday 22nd August from 11am. You can learn bowls basics from some of the world’s best, with Commonwealth Games medal winners running the event! Lawn bowls is played for the challenge and competition, personal enjoyment, activity, the pleasure of spending time outdoors and for social interaction. It is also a low-impact, therapeutic form of exercise. Health professionals recommend playing bowls, particularly for older people, as it provides a number of health benefits, including: improved fitness, improved coordination and skill development, community connectedness, increased confidence, self esteem and enhanced mental wellbeing.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers. The statistics on survival rates have not changed significantly for over 40 years. This year over 3500 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and they will only have a 9.8% chance of surviving past 5 years.

Pancare Foundation is an Australian charity that aims to increase survival rates, improve research, public awareness and provide support to people affected by pancreatic cancer and other upper gastrointestinal cancers.

The Walk for Hope is Pancare Foundation’s largest fundraising community event. The inaugural Walk for Hope event was held in Melbourne in 2018 with over 500 participants. This year there are Walks happening across Australia. The Gold Coast Walk for Hope will be happening this June at Damien Leeding Park, Oxenford. We hope you can join in, for either the 5km walk or 5km run and help fundraise so Pancare Foundation can continue it’s very important work.

DO IT FOR BEAR – CHRIS “BEAR” O’MEAGHER

Fundraising for and supporting the vital work of Pancare Foundation was one of the final wishes of Chris O’Meagher, who passed away September last year. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2017 and was passionate about making a difference for future pancreatic cancer sufferers.

Affectionately known as Bear, for both his giant stature and giant heart, Chris O’Meagher was a beloved member of the Australian bowls community, and throughout the world, more particularly in Canada, Fiji, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Bear’s love of lawn bowls came at a young age from watching his parents, Geoff and Filo O’Meagher, who both competed at Commonwealth Games & World Bowls Championships.

He was a keen competitor with many successes on the bowling greens. Chris was a mentor for many new and young bowlers.

The whole O’Meagher family has continued to promote Bear’s wish to support the work of the Pancare Foundation and we here at Club Helensvale want to do all we can to make a difference for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the future.

Let’s all do it for Bear and take up the challenge and take part in the Walk for Hope this month. Sign up here > https://goldcoast.pancarewalkforhope.com.au/