$2,500 for the Warrawee Bowling Club!

The Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches seized the moment on July 7, as seven of Ku-ring-gai’s eight bowling clubs came together for the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank Shield, to present the Warrawee Bowling Club with a cheque as part of the bank’s Referral Rewards Program.

Under the program, when a home or investment loan is drawn down by someone from a community group, a $500 donation is given to the group. In this case, the Warrawee Bowling Club received a very welcome $2,500 donation following the drawdown of 5 loans.

Community Development Manager, Sharon Franke said: “This program reflects our model of giving back to the community which has allowed us to return more than $1.7 million to the Ku-ring-gai community in our 13 years of operation.”

The donation will be put to good use by the club, helping to drive membership recruitment within the local and surrounding areas. New memberships are vital to the future of the 107-year-old traditional bowling club and are something that the club is very focused on. Without the usual revenue streams that many modern clubs receive from gaming machines, Warrawee Bowling Club relies on membership numbers and the recent rental acquisition of a Child Care facility on a small portion of the club’s property, to keep them moving forward.

Along with the usual weekly bowling competitions and tournaments, the club has been providing therapy bowls for the past 25 years to patients from the Bernard Curran Rehabilitation Unit at the Hornsby Hospital. The surrounding school also take advantage of the club, using it for school sports and coaching.

The club’s banking relationship with the Turramurra Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank began more than 13 years ago. Since then the banking relationship has developed, with many of the club’s members choosing to maintain a personal banking relationship with the Community Bank.

The business banking facilities that are on offer from the Turramurra Community Bank make perfect sense for the Bowling Club to utilise, says Peter – President of the Warrawee Men’s Bowling Club, “the most notable difference between the major banks and our local Community Bank is the convenience they offer, and the personal face to face access to management and experienced staff. The other key difference, and just as important, is their timely delivery of quality service.  There is also a very strong collateral connection between the club, its members, and the bank as evident by this $2,500 donation.”

“The bank’s Referral Rewards Program provides a benefit to all concerned, our members, the bank and the club, and once again on behalf of the board, I thank our members for their loyalty and support in electing to participate in this program whenever the opportunity arises” Peter continued.

It’s a wonderful thing when a Community Bank and Community Club can work together for the benefit of both.

If you would like to know more about the Referral Rewards Program, please contact Sharon on sharon.franke@bendigoadelaide.com.au .