Golf of­fers big sup­port for women

South Western Times - - News -

Teams are in­vited to tee off in the name of sup­port­ing South West women and chil­dren es­cap­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at the South West Refuge Inc Char­ity Golf Day event on Novem­ber 2.

Held at the Bun­bury Golf Club, the event will kick off with a sausage siz­zle be­fore teams of four hit the green for an am­brose style com­pe­ti­tion.

The am­brose for­mat in­volves each player tak­ing a shot from the tee, with the team cap­tain de­cid­ing on the best-po­si­tioned ball place­ment to play from.

The fun will con­tinue into the night, with a char­ity auc­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment.

The refuge helps peo­ple in need in a num­ber of ways, in­clud­ing a Safe At Home pro­gram and cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as sup­port, re­fer­rals and ad­vo­cacy.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Bickers said last year’s event raised $17,500.

“The funds raised from this event help us to con­tinue to pro­vide ex­cep­tional ser­vice for our clients who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” she said.

“This year, the funds will con­tinue to be added to our next phase of build­ing im­prove­ments to add rooms to the refuge to as­sist more women and chil­dren and also as­sist in pur­chas­ing a fit-for-pur­pose ve­hi­cle for our Safe at Home Pro­gram. This ve­hi­cle will al­low our team to bet­ter as­sist our ru­ral and re­mote clients.”

Chair­woman Ali­son Com­parti said the event was the refuge’s ma­jor fundraiser for the year, but also gave busi­nesses a chance to show­case their prod­ucts and ser­vices by spon­sor­ing a hole.

“Come and play in the team ... or join us for the auc­tion and so­cial event af­ter­wards.

“Chal­lenge your work­mates, or en­ter­tain your clients – you’ve got 18 holes to net­work.”

The money raised at the event will bol­ster a $10,000 do­na­tion handed over to the refuge by the Ride Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence team on Oc­to­ber 8.

Book­ings can be made at ad­ or by call­ing 9721 9746.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

South West Refuge Inc chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Bickers gets in some prac­tice be­fore the Golf Day fundraiser with Bun­bury Golf Club mem­bers Brad Whe­lan, Ge­off Fuller, Kim Novel and Ron Bow.

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