Just a little over a month ago, the Bloemfontein Bowls Club (BBC) appealed to members of the community in the City of Roses to help keep its doors open.
Members of the club, Ingrid Corrigan and Bernard Kitching, said the response they have received from members of the Bloemfontein community has been overwhelming. “We’ve had people from Cell C come here to have their team-building and staff function since that article. They bought refreshments here at out bar and had a spit braai. As a result of their proactive response, we received a bit of a boost,” Kitching said.
Speaking on other responses to the article, Corrigan said: “We’ve also had response from Volksblad, a young lady named Precious volunteered her services and one gentleman even called to give us tips on fundraising because his organisation had been in a similar dilemma. As a result of that article, Jim Fouché School also had a teacher day event held at the club’s premises.”
While Kitching said they are grateful for the support, they further appealed to members of the community and particularly corporate organisations and businesses, saying they could really use the boost.
“We think it’s worthy to note that both businesses and individuals can come here to participate in our business league bowls tournaments, which take place over a course of 4 Thursdays. This happens twice a year and it’s normally great to see how competitive people become, especially because many often disregard the sport as one for elderly citizens. Schools can come here to teach their learners about bowls so that the sport is preserved for future generations. Companies can come here to host their functions and it is a great venue for individuals and families to come and host their events too,” Corrigan said.
They hope more members and corporates in the city will provide added support to make sure that the 106-year-old Bloemfontein landmark keeps its doors open. They also intend to do their part to bring a new vibrancy to the club. “We will be doing new things, just to keep this place running and also to make people aware of it and all the things they could do here as an alternative sport to their usual. We’re looking at having a car boot sale soon as one of the ways to promote sales,” Corrigan added.
She concluded by asking those interested in the club and it’s developments to keep an eye out for its Facebook page
@Bloemfonteinbowlingclub for the latest news regarding these and other news.