Come to­gether to cel­e­brate Don

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

GOLF: Lai­d­ley Golf Club will serve as a cen­tral point for the friends and fam­ily of Don Cronk to cel­e­brate his life.

Orig­i­nally from Toowoomba, he spent many years liv­ing and work­ing in Ip­swich where he was a well known and much-loved fig­ure in the com­mu­nity.

But on Septem­ber 1 last year, Don was di­ag­nosed with cancer af­ter a tu­mour was found on his oe­soph­a­gus.

Things pro­gressed rapidly from that point and just a cou­ple of weeks later on his 67th birth­day, he was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal where it was dis­cov­ered his cancer was at stage four.

He was told that with no other treat­ment avail­able, pal­lia­tive care was the only op­tion.

Don passed away on Oc­to­ber 21, less than two months af­ter first dis­cov­er­ing he had cancer.

As hard as it was to lose her fa­ther, daugh­ter Melissa Cronk said his fam­ily were heart­ened by the fact he could help oth­ers even af­ter he passed away.

A reg­is­tered donor for many years, his eyes and eye tis­sue were used to give sight to two peo­ple.

He is dearly missed every day.

Close to a year on, the very first Don Cronk Me­mo­rial Char­ity Golf Day will be held in Lai­d­ley on Sun­day.

Funds raised on the day will go to­wards two im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tions that helped both Don in his fi­nal weeks and his fam­ily fol­low­ing his death.

Pro­ceeds from the day will be split evenly and do­nated to the Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal’s pal­lia­tive care unit and grief sup­port ser­vice Hilda’s House.

Al­most 100 play­ers are set to hit the green al­ready but it is open to any­body in the com­mu­nity who wants to at­tend.

“Twelve months has flown by,” Ms Cronk said.

“It’s a way for us all to come to­gether again and raise money and just have a fun day.

“We want to help out these places who helped our fam­ily so much.

“We’ve got to move on. We could all sit in the cor­ner and cry but that’s not go­ing to help us.

“There will be plenty to do and en­try is free and you don’t have to play golf to have a good day.”

The four-per­son team am­brose will cost $25 per player but en­try is free with mu­si­cian Kev Smith per­form­ing, a bar­be­cue lunch, raf­fles and plenty more avail­able.

Phone the Lai­d­ley Golf Club on 5465 1518 for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

TEE OFF: The Don Cronk Me­mo­rial Char­ity Golf Day will bring to­gether fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing grand­sons Cooper and Lu­cas Smyly, to cel­e­brate his life.

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