Community bowls event raises vital funds for local RFS brigades

RFS volunteers try their hand at bowls for a good cause.

SUNDAY 30 June saw a charity bowls fundraiser held to support the Camden Haven and Johns River branches of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The event, hosted at the Kew Country Club, aimed to raise funds for vital renovations and new amenities for the dedicated volunteer members of these brigades.

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The Camden Haven brigade is in the process of renovating and expanding their station, while the Johns River brigade is constructing a new station set to be completed by the end of September.

These enhancements are crucial for improving the operational efficiency and comfort of the volunteers who tirelessly serve the community.

Approximately 60 people attended the event, with many trying their hand at lawn bowls for the first time.

The enthusiasm was palpable, and two participants were so taken with the sport that they are now considering taking lessons.

The day also saw members of the golfing fraternity joining in the fun, participating in the raffle draw and the auction held after the bowls competition.

The Camden Haven team emerged victorious in this inaugural event, closely followed by the Johns River team.

“The day wasn’t about the score,” said Johns River Captain Chris Bawn, “it was to bring the two groups together for some social activity with a goal of raising vital funds for key operation equipment.”

Through the sale of raffle tickets, auctioning of items generously donated by local businesses, and the ever-popular sausage and onion rolls, the event raised an impressive $2,500.

The proceeds will be evenly shared between the two brigades, providing much-needed financial support for their ongoing projects.

The event was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of several local businesses, including the Kew Country Club, Laurieton United Services Club, Elixir of Beauty, Woolworths, The Happy Butcher at Lakewood Shopping Centre, Phil Dykes Automotive, M and H Mechanical, Camden Haven Pest Control, Scott’s Bakehouse, Anaconda Port Macquarie, Billabong Zoo, Tooheys, and Keno.

A special thanks was extended to Dean Noble and his team at Kew Country Club, Rob Dwyer and his team at Laurieton United Services Club, and all the supporters and participants who made the day a resounding success.


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