Gruelling Golfathon is no stroll in the park
AS Andrew Macri prepares for a gruelling two-day golf fundraiser, he knows his challenge pales in comparison to those facing many Perth children.
There will be no strolling between holes during the Golfathon event on October 9 and 10 at Wembley Golf Course, where he aims to play more than 215 holes over 24 hours to raise money for Telethon.
He has collected more than $80,000 for the charity since starting the event in 2010, inspired by his daughter Bella.
The then five-year-old suffered bleeding on the brain after hitting her head on a waterslide during a family trip to Bali seven years ago.
She was flown to Perth via Careflight, then spent two weeks at Princess Margaret Hospital before recovering at home over the next six months while the bleeding subsided.
Mr Macri said the family received $100,000 worth of care, as well as support from Ronald Mcdonald House and home schooling for Bella via the hospital.
“I needed to do something to pay back that $100,000, so I invented the Golfathon,” he said. “It just makes you feel like you’ve given something back because they’ve given us so much.”
Chef Josh Catalano met Mr Macri when he supported him during a 24-hour cycling challenge for Telethon last year, and will be his caddy for the event. He encouraged others to get behind Mr Macri. Mr Macri will be “absolutely stuffed” after the weekend, expecting to walk more than 100km. People can visit the course over the two days to support Mr Macri and donate in person or at bit.ly/2xqxwsn.