A Veteran and Family Bowls Day brought people together for a successful event which was the first of its kind on the Far North Coast.
The Veteran Sport Australia, Bowls Australia and Cherry Street Sports Club united to highlight the physical and mental health benefits associated with the sport and community of bowls.
Veterans of all ages, and their families, from across the region attended with the participants topping a fun day of bowls off with ice-skating at the rink located at and supplied by the club.
The Honourable Ben Franklin MLC attended the day, speaking to the Veterans and families that were in attendance.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts encouraged others to get behind initiatives and events that are designed to bring together veterans, their families, and the local community, stating that "the NSW Government is proud to be a supporter of these wonderful events."
"Veteran Sport Australia and Bowls Australia in conjunction with local bowling clubs have a strong history of hosting these great days out to harness the power of social sport in helping veterans and their families on the road to recovery and connecting with the local community."
Deputy Mayor Sharon Cadwallader echoed this sentiment and highlighted that more support needs to be given to programs such as these in the local area.
She was excited to hear that the Ballina RSL Sub Branch in conjunction with local sporting bodies and clubs will be working further with Veteran Sport Australia to create more opportunities like this in Ballina.
Veteran Sport Australia connects veterans and their families from around the country with sporting opportunities and supports ongoing involvement.