Golfers teeing off Our House
SPORT and community are the catalysts for the inaugural Italo Stars Football Club Charity Golf Day being held at Lismore Golf Club on February 4.
Italo Stars club president Warren Walker said the local cancer charity Our House would be the beneficiary of funds raised.
He said his members were enthusiastic about creating an annual event that would be fun but, more importantly, help people in need.
"2017 has been a challenging year,” Mr Walker said. "The flood in late March caused a lot of damage around the club facilities and, like many about town, it will take a while to rebound and get back on track.
"We also got news about several former teammates having to deal with the effects of cancer and this stuff prompts a fair bit of reflection.”
More often than not, adversity leads to positive action and the two popular pastimes of golf and soccer set the scene among sporting chums for a proposed event.
Typical of community connections, a conversation led to an idea and the concept of a charity day quickly got some momentum.
Former Italo Stars player Peter Warren, who got Somerville Laundry Lomax on board as major sponsor, knew exactly who to speak with next.
A phone call to the ever-vibrant Rebekka Battista quickly established that she was delighted to add her support and relationship with Our House for the event.
The launch of the golf day on-site at Our House was a unique opportunity to get an insight into the support and resources the charity provides.
The building - which has accommodation and facilities to provide short-term amenities for individuals and families impacted by cancer and getting treatment at the Lismore Base Hospital - is a testament to the vision and tenacity of country people.
The welcoming building was constructed five years ago and like everything related to health, the demand is rarely in excess of the needs.
"Our community continues to rise to the occasion despite the many requests made upon it and I am thrilled that Italo Stars and the soccer fraternity want to align themselves for this cause,” Mrs Battista said.
Nominations for the golf day can be made by contacting Warren Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438221995.
There's a limit of 30 teams of four players, and entry costs $25 per player. Sponsors are welcome at $200 each.
Great incentives will be on offer for golfers, and there will be a major raffle to lure valuable funds and participation, guaranteeing a fun day of golf while helping the many people who benefit from the existence of Our House.