Throw out a Life­line to ser­vice

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Busi­ness houses and in­di­vid­ual play­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to put to­gether golf teams of four and get into the swing of fundrais­ing for Waikato Life­Line.

The vol­un­tary coun­selling or­gan­i­sa­tion is to run its an­nual fundrais­ing golf tour­na­ment on Fe­bru­ary 15 next year at the Nar­rows Golf Course.

Fe­bru­ary 15 is Na­tional Life­Line Day.

Waikato Life­Life com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Jarel Phillips said she is hop­ing to get a max­i­mum of 24 teams for the tour­na­ment, which will be­gin with reg­is­tra­tion and a bar­be­cue at 11.30am, with a shot­gun start at 12.15pm.

It will fin­ish at 5.30pm, with prize- giv­ing and an auc­tion.

‘‘ We are of­fer­ing $ 300 hole spon­sor­ships to busi­ness houses around the Waikato, and team- en­try fees are $140,’’ Miss Phillips said.

‘‘We have al­ready been given great sup­port from a num­ber of busi­nesses, and we hope oth­ers will come in to what is a very worth­while project. The tour­na­ment is a re­ally good way for busi­nesses and the community to get to­gether, have an en­joy­able day and also con­trib­ute some real help for a very nec­es­sary community sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘ In Fe­bru­ary this year our first tour­na­ment raised $10,000. We hope to do bet­ter than that in the 2013 tour­na­ment.’’

Miss Phillips said all money raised will go into run­ning the Life­Line call cen­tre in Hamil­ton, as well as be­ing used to sup­port the re­cently-started face-to-face coun­selling ser­vice, and for gen­eral op­er­a­tional costs.

The Waikato Life­Line ser­vice re­ceives more than 6000 phone calls a year from mem­bers of the pub­lic seek­ing sup­port.

It has more than 60 trained vol­un­teer coun­sel­lors, and now also has a ser­vice in Hamil­ton.

Contact Jarel Phillips on jarel­phillip­slife­linewaikato@ gmail.com.

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