Locals raise a record for the kiddies
By GREG WHITE
MAYBE it's the biggest one-day fundraiser in Coffs Harbour history.
A combined project involving three companies responsible for the delivery of four major infrastructure projects on the Coffs Coast, a gross (144 starters) of golfers and the Coffs Harbour Golf Club has turned a couple of hours of fun in the sun into a financial bonanza for good causes.
Local company representatives of Abigroup, John Holland and Leighton secured $50,500 in sponsorship for a golf day on Tuesday.
According to Warwick Tidswell of the Coffs Harbour Infrastructure Alliance, the aim was to take the total amount raised on the day to $60,000 with proceeds going to the Early Childhood Intervention Program, Coffs Coast Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group Inc and Life Education New South Wales.
"We wanted to assist with much needed funding but to raise awareness in the community of these charities, some of which are lesser known," Tidswell said.
"The charities have told us the funds will have a positive impact and assist children who are disadvantaged through a disability and provide educational opportunities for children to make healthy decisions."
Following an auction to complete the day, Golf Club Marketing and Events Manager Lauren Robertson said the final amount had exceeded the target.
"Everything was taken and we finished with $62,500 as the grand total," she advised.
"It's likely a record amount and everybody can take a bow."