The COVID-19 crisis has slowed down the Tamworth Motorcycle Club and its members but a funding boost from Greater Bank will ensure they are ready to race when the restrictions are lifted.
The Oakburn Park-based club is the April winner of Greater Bank’s #GreaterNewEngland program, picking up $3000 for taking out the public vote.
Established in 1952, the club caters for more than a hundred riding members aged from four years of age through to 70, however, monthly race days attract up to 1000 people to the speedway and dirt track.
Tamworth Motorcycle Club President, Paul Slade, said that while the club isn’t racing during the crisis, they still have financial commitments to keep the doors open.
“Like most facilities, we’ve been shut down because of COVID-19 but it is still costing us around $1000 a month in rates and council fees to keep the track open. That’s before you factor in maintenance and upkeep of the track, grounds and the facilities,” Paul explained.
“We rely heavily on the generosity of our active members and supporters to support our fundraising activities that keeps our club financial. While we’re doing ok at the moment, a boost like this from Greater Bank is a huge help for us.
“It means less digging into our coffers to keep the place going until we can get people back to the track and kick start our traditional fundraising.”
The club is scheduled to host the Australian Championships on 19 and 20 September, which Paul is cautiously optimistic will still go ahead.
“There’s a lot to happen before then but we are really hopeful that we can host the Australian Championship in September. It’s a big event, not only for the club but the whole region with people coming from all around the country to take part, both as riders and spectators,” Paul said.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, said that she has seen first-hand the struggles many community groups are facing through the COVID-19 crisis and was delighted that the funding program can help community group through to the other side.
“There are so many groups struggling from the impacts of COVID-19 and looking for alternative outlets for funding. We’re delighted to play our part with the through the #GreaterNewEngland program to provide funding support to groups across the region” | Jennifer Smith, Greater Bank Regional Manager.
“The Tamworth Motorcycle Club provides a wonderful facility for riders of the region and I’m delighted this funding will assist them in getting through this crisis and ready to ride when the shutdowns are lifted.”
Runners-up for the April round, Gunnedah Netball Association and Tamworth City BMX Club, will each receive a $1,000 grant.
The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in May, with voting now open on Monday 4 May until Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be Soundtrails – Tamworth Branch, Armidale Neighbourhood Centre and The Gunnedah Good Noshery.
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.