Club hoping for third time lucky

Clarence Town Bowling Sport and Recreation Club has been a finalist for three consecutive years in the Spirit of the Bush awards.

The third submission was lodged by Dianne Ellis prior to her retirement earlier this year and she will attend the ceremony with other club employees on Friday in Sydney.

“We had the unfortunate ordeal of two break-ins within six days, with in excess of $130.000 in damages and security costs,” Mrs Ellis said.

“The Spirit of our Club came by way of neighbouring members and staff on the spot instantly, preventing any further malicious damage.

“A rural town with no police has isolation problems, which in this case became a target for out of town criminals.

“But our community stood together and our board, management and staff, although emotional, angry and devastated, worked together with volunteers from the community, to right the wrong and move on together.”

The club has raised in excess of $7000 for local organisations including the fire brigade, museum, Lions Club, football club, swimming club as well as local schools and charity organisations.

In 2011 the y held a fundraiser for a terminally ill young man whose dream was to go fishing for barramundi in the Northern Territory.

“We raised $6092 and Sheldon was able to live his dream,” Mrs Ellis said.

“Sadly Sheldon lost his battle but his family will always have the memory of his final fishing trip.”

The club was also involved in the JT Stakes and the Anzac Day dawn service, march and breakfast including breakfast for over 550 people who marched.

“We are a very special club with a diversity of ages and lifestyles amongst our membership and reflect the Spirit of the Bush.”

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