Chil­dren strike it lucky

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

The kids were the win­ners on the day at a char­ity golf tour­na­ment last week.

The event, run by Ports of Auck­land, raised $50,000 for the char­ity Cure Kids.

More than 120 golfers com­pris­ing 32 teams en­tered the tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing world long drive cham­pion Phillis Meti and sports per­son­al­ity Tony Veitch, who spoke at the evening’s din­ner and char­ity auc­tion.

Cure Kids gen­eral man­ager Si­mon Duffy says the day was a lot of fun.

He says he was blown away by the gen­er­ous and warm peo­ple at the event.

The tour­na­ment, held at Gulf Har­bour Coun­try Club, was the in­au­gu­ral event for Ports of Auck­land and marks the be­gin­ning of a part­ner­ship pro­gramme with Cure Kids.

Ports of Auck­land sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Richard Pot­ton says the golf tour­na­ment was a way to in­volve a wide cross-sec­tion of cus­tomers, in­clud­ing ship­ping clients, sup­pli­ers and busi­ness as­so­ciates.

Mr Pot­ton says Cure Kids is an “ab­so­lutely magic” or­gan­i­sa­tion, with a lot of trac­tion through­out the whole coun­try, not just lo­cally.

The Cure Kids chil­dren were the fo­cus of the day, with each golf­ing team sport­ing the name of a child helped by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Cure Kids am­bas­sador Alex McKay, who suf­fers from cys­tic fi­bro­sis, also played in the tour­na­ment.

Alex, 15, has a hand­i­cap of 12 and has played with Sir Bob Charles and on top golf cour­ses in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

In a sur­prise act of char­ity, win­ner of the hole-in-one com­pe­ti­tion Jon Ward do­nated his prize of a 2008 X-type 2.1 Jaguar to Alex.

Ports of Auck­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jens Mad­sen says the event was a true suc­cess and he is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the part­ner­ship with Cure Kids next year.

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