Staying in touch is key ingredient for a healthy rebound
For many long weeks, Darwin’s dynamic Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA) has been staying safe inside while still keeping in touch with its base online. Now it is reaping the rewards.
In the words of the tireless team mentor, Coach Shack, “PaRBA’s back, baby!”
Basketball club back in the game
The PaRBA crew hasn’t been sitting around on the sidelines during the lockdown. Their Facebook page is buzzing with trick shot challenges, clever COVID-safe exercise extensions and other ways to occupy the downtime.
And the meal prep packs that team members have been delivering in the local area have been winning rave reviews on social for uniting families around food: “Thanks, PaRBA for bringing us together through isolation over the past four weeks. Knowing we would have Shack and crew to drop food assistance off helped immensely.”
Now the clouds are clearing, the dry season is here and PaRBA is in great shape to reopen for training and competition.
Meals for beloved bowls club members
Caring about their club community is also top of the menu for lawn bowlers a cool 3,000 kms down south in the South Australian riverland town of Waikerie. The bowling family’s heart is being kept in good shape with catch-up phone calls, care packages and even home-made meals for socially vulnerable members.
Club volunteer Andrew Fulwood said one member was brought to tears by the club’s generosity of spirit.
“Many of our members are missing their bowling club community. Some of our members are in their nineties and don’t have a lot of other contact,” Mr Fulwood said.
“It might simply be a weekly phone call from someone on the committee, just to let them know their club cares about them and wants to see them back when the club reopens.”
A vast distance separates them and there is a different tempo to their games. But both clubs understand how reaching out – whether online or the good old–fashioned way – helps keep Good Sports families together through thick and thin.