Coogee Golf Club funds cancer research

Golf, charity and good ol’ time!

It doesn’t seem right that you can have so much fun with all your mates, and still do a good deed. But that’s exactly what the Coogee Beach Golf Club did. They organised a Charity Golf Day to raise money for cancer research. The efforts incredible – $15,128 raised on one day!

In 2007, the Coogee Beach Golf Club (CBGC) held its first ever Charity Golf Day to commemorate the passing of several members of the club who had died from cancer. The Club president for over 20 years, Mark O’Connor, Fritz Krall, the club handicapper for over 20 years, Arthur Mears and Dave Griffith are some of the tragic victims of this terrible disease.

Garry Ennis, Chris White and rest of the motley crew of golfers did it again in 2008. Last year they raised a massive $13,777.50. This year they have done themselves even prouder – an incredible $15,128 was raised at the 2008 Charity Golf Day. The event teed off at the picturesque Randwick Golf Club in aid of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). Every dollar received from this golf day by ACRF will go to cancer research. We even saw two representatives from the ACRF take a swing this year!

The CBGC infused a lot of energy and time into organizing a fun-filled Golf Day complete with a major raffle, auction and novelty events played on the course including a ‘Port Hole.’ There were also donations from the golf entrance fees paid by each golfer.

The piece de resistance was the Charity Auction led by Chris White at the Palace Hotel, Coogee. Everyone readily got into the spirit of giving and friendly competition. More importantly, all present had a great time with lots of golf, appetizing food and cold beer – all in aid of innovative cancer research.

“What a fabulous afternoon of fun and good spirit with a terrific group of people, a super gesture on their part, says CEO David Brettell. These fanatical golfers wear their hearts on their sleeve, all their great work and financial contribution to ACRF made in memory of former clubmates lost to cancer. We’re humbled by their commitment and and we guarantee them that 100% of the funds they have raised for us will be used for research”

The team could not have done it alone however. They owe a lot of their amazing success to the very generous support they had from key businesses, golf clubs and individuals. The Beach Palace Hotel Coogee, The Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club, The Heads Hotel Shoalhaven, Brendon Lanigan, the proprietor of L&R Motors Carrington Rd Coogee, & Leura Golf Club deserve special mention for their unyielding backing of the event. These supportive businesses donated everything from accommodation, catering and rounds of golf & gift vouchers for the Charity Auction and Raffle.

Additionally the ever-friendly Tim & Gary from The Coast Golf Club Pro-Shop and the Manager of Coogee Sands Hotel & Apartments, Jean-Claude Niederer are to be acknowledged for their continual help and commitment. Two other well-established golf clubs, St Michaels and Royal Sydney also generously donated prizes for this charity gig.

In 2009, the boys are back at it again. So if you fancy a swing, or just want to make the best use of this perfect weather, call ACRF on 02 9223 7833, or email info@acrf.com. The best news is that it is all for a worthwhile cause – innovative cancer research.

ACRF provides major funding of between $1.5 million – $10 million, not readily available from government or other sources, to outstanding world class research projects. Our grants fund state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment to support prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Every dollar of every donation received goes to funding cancer research.

These grants continue to significantly contribute to drastic breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.

To discuss donating to the ACRF or for further information on donations, please contact our office on 1300 884 988 or email info@acrf.com.au.