Roma Bowls Club: Please help us survive
“OUR bank account is dwindling fast, we are trying to maintain our greens while we have no revenue forthcoming and no idea when we’re allowed to re-open – please help us survive.”
That’s the message from the Roma Bowls Club who has been struggling for years.
Manager John Hammond said just as they were starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel extended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The manager has resorted to starting a GoFundMe page hoping the community will support the club in keeping their doors open.
“We had our Mixed Carnival early March and things were looking ok then by the end of March it was all over,” he said.
“It’s a sad state of affairs we are in at the moment.
“We’ve still got greens to maintain – we can’t let them go to wreck otherwise it will be a major cost to get them back.”
It costs upwards of $50,000 to maintain both fields at the bowls club, dditionally, electricity, gas, insurance, rates and affiliation fees are all overheads that are coming out of a bank account that’s near empty.
“Bowls Queensland has eased our payments and they’re talking about a pro-rate payment plan for the future.
“Our only income is the takeaway food we’ve been doing.
“And we can only offer takeaway alcohol to members due to our license.
“Thankfully we were able to sell about $3500 worth of alcohol that would of gone to waste.”
One staff member is down to minimal hours but is still paid through the governments JobKeeper payment.
However, the bowls club has not received any funding from the government and Mr Hammond said they may not receive any help until May.
“We can’t put our greenkeeper on JobKeeper because it’s not his primary source of employment so paying him comes out of our budget,” he said.
“And our bank account is getting lower and lower.”
The Roma Bowls Club has a goal of $100,000.