Locals have the chance to tee off for a good cause and help local patients when the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation hosts its inaugural Charity Golf Day this month.
The Bundaberg Foundation is becoming a dynamic, not-for-profit community organisation which raises funds locally to spend on local health related Base Hospital and community-based projects.
The SSS Strawberries Charity Golf Day is a four-player ambrose event being held at Bargara Golf Club on Sunday, April 22 from 8.30am. Local business SSS Strawberries is the platinum sponsor of the event having pledged $2000 to the golf day.
The Foundation provides the ‘extras’ which fall outside of government budget yet make a visit to Bundaberg Hospital more comfortable.
Since its establishment 12 years ago, the Foundation has contributed over $300,000 towards medical equipment, patient services and training for doctors and nurses at Bundaberg Hospital. This has greatly benefited patients from throughout the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide:
- medical equipment to Bundaberg Hospital (non-Government funded),
- management of Rotary Lodge (a low-cost accommodation option for patients and carers)
- professional training for medical and nursing staff, and
- programs relating to the prevention and control of disease.
Profits from the charity golf day will be used to help fund medical equipment and the introduction of specialised transport carts to make it easier and alleviate any distress for patients, carers and visitors trying to access Bundaberg Hospital after parking their vehicles.
Danielle Thompson, an employee at Bundaberg Hospital, approached the Foundation last year to volunteer her time in organising this event.
“I wanted to do some community work and saw that the Foundation was looking for people to host fundraisers,’’ Ms Thompson said.
“And working at the hospital I know the Foundation is working hard to buy extra medical equipment to help our local patients and I know the profits from this event will stay local.’’
The Foundation has been supporting Ms Thompson in helping organise the golf day and is grateful for the support from local business it has had to date.
Other major supporters to date include Silver sponsors Infants Friend, Des Allen & Co Funerals, Mark Haster Painting, Wide Bay Australia, Ross Gray Motor City, Bundaberg Regional Council, Ocean Pacific Seafoods, Donovan Farms, Bundaberg Chainsaw and Mower Service, Bundaberg Marineland, IGA Bargara, Teaspoon, McDonalds.
The cost is $40 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, entertainment, gold coin donation barbecue lunch and the chance to win loads of great prizes.
The Foundation is still seeking businesses to sponsor holes on the course for $100 each.
“We are seeking further donations and in return they will get advertising around the hole on the day,’’ she said.
To book a team or to sponsor a hole call the Foundation office on 4150 2863.