OVER the years, mental health awareness has increased in sporting clubs and community groups, with the Morwell Bowling Club no exception.

On Sunday, May 26, the facility is opening its greens for ADF, Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, SES First Responders, teachers, and nurses and their families and friends to participate in the first-ever Gippsland-held Bowls Gr8 For Brains event.

“It’s there for mental health. We aren’t there to diagnose them, but they are there to have a fun day of bowls, not scoring. After that, just come inside and chat with yourselves,” Morwell Bowling Club member, Max Bloomfield said.

Mr Bloomfield said he was looking at having the event once a month so people could join in, have fun, chat, and learn to bowl from the club’s members.

All of the equipment throughout the day will be provided, so people just need to come along.

Eventually, Mr Bloomfield wants other clubs to get involved and have a Bowls Gr8 For Brains competition heading around Australia.

While the event is alcohol-free, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after a morning of playing bowls. After the event, attendees can venture into the bar area if they would like.

“I have been bowling at the Morwell Bowling Club for the last four years,” Mr Bloomfield said.

“I love it. The season isn’t long enough. It’s the offseason now, so we have to find time to practice up there. So, the Bowls Gr8 for Bowls day is an opportunity for a practice day.

“I find that nothing else matters when I am bowling on a pennant day. All I am looking at is my bowls. I don’t take my phone. It sits in my bag turned off, and I just concentrate on the bowls and having fun. And, hopefully, winning.”

For those interested, phone Morwell Bowling Club Bowls Coordinator, Sarah Ashby on 0484 526 444 or email