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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
6 Bowls In Focus In front of a packed house of club delegates at the RVBA annual general meeting hosted by Don- caster Bowls Club last month, former state premier Jeff Kennett, chair man of beyondblue the national depression initiative - announced a major three- year community partnership between beyondblue and Victorian bowls (the RVBA and VLBA). Mr Kennett was delighted that the two associa- tions had jointly entered into an agreement with the aim of raising awareness of depression and anxiety in players, members and the wider community. He believes that there is a ‘perfect fit’ between beyondblue and the great community role that bowls clubs play in their towns and suburbs across all age groups and demographics. On the following day, at the VLBA annual general meeting, beyondblue chief executive officer Leonie Young also announced the exciting new partnership and remarked that bowling greens are the perfect arena in which to share beyondblue’s messages. “ Lawn bowls is a sport that provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of depression, given its appeal to all age groups and its accessibility to people in both the city and the country,” she said. “ Bowls is a social sport and a great way to get exercise - factors that are known to protect against depression. We are very pleased to announce this partnership. “ We want everyone to know that depression is a common illness for which help is available. With the r ight treatment, most people recover.” As part of the partnership, bowls clubs will be advised shortly of how they can access a broad range of beyondblue promotional and educational materials at no cost to them. Remaining physically active can be helpful for people with depression, and bowls provides a perfect oppor tunity for not only physical activity, but also close social interaction as par t of a great community of bowlers. Bowls clubs offer programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. A bowls-specific beyondblue poster featur- ing Victoria’s World and Commonwealth Games champion Joyce Lindores; RVBA Hall of Fame Member Bob Middleton; and current Victorian and Australian representative Lee Schraner, is one of the promotional items. Likewise, a ser ies of beyondblue bowls post- cards featuring Schraner, VLBA state player Anna Hoogwerf and Middleton will be made available to clubs. RVBA executive officer Peter Hanlon describes the partnership as ‘perfect’. Exciting community partnership announced • Above: At the RVBA annual general meeting, state president Graeme Hosken and executive officer Peter Hanlon with beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett and state player Lee Schraner. • Right: Leonie Young, executive officer of beyondblue, announces the partnership at the recent VLBA annual general meeting. • Below: Chairman Jeff espouses the partnership’s virtues at the Doncaster Bowls Club.
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