Golfers tee­ing up a so­cial event for char­ity

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

GAYLE Daetz has been fundrais­ing for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion for al­most two decades, but this month she is tak­ing the money-mak­ing ven­ture on a whole new course.

Rather than rais­ing money through bake sales and home­made goods, Team J&J wants peo­ple to tee off with do­na­tions at the Gat­ton Ju­bilee Golf Club at their char­ity event.

Team J&J or­gan­iser Mrs Daetz said ev­ery golfer would help those af­fected by leukaemia.

“They don’t have to have any ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mrs Daetz said.

“They can just come out and sup­port team J&J and have a bit of a gig­gle and a hit.”

The cause is per­sonal for Mrs Daetz, who lost her son af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer at 17 years old.

Since his death, Mrs Daetz has raised money for the fam­i­lies and pa­tients af­fected by can­cer as a le­gacy to her son.

“I want to sup­port the pa­tients and their fam­i­lies be­cause I’ve been down that road,” she said.

Mrs Daetz’s son fought leukaemia for six years be­fore los­ing his bat­tle at just 23.

“I had six years of meet­ing other pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and know­ing what they’re go­ing through,” Mrs Daetz said.

The char­ity golf event will fea­ture a two-per­son am­brose com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

Gat­ton Ju­bilee Golf Club bar man­ager Luke Za­bel said the event was an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have fun for a good cause.

“Gayle has got a lot of prizes do­nated by An­drew Dodt and other lo­cal busi­nesses, so ev­ery­one has a chance at win­ning a prize.”

Mr Za­bel en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to get in­volved in the event, even if they’d never picked up a golf club be­fore.

“It’s a game for life, you can take it up at five and still be play­ing at 85,” he said.

About 10 teams have so far reg­is­tered for the day but many spots are still avail­able.

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