Children strike it lucky
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.