125 golfers preparing to tee off at Lismore to help Our Kids
IN ITS 10-year history the Our Kids Golf Day has raised more than $100,000 for the special-care nursery at Lismore Base Hospital, and this year is no exception.
When 125 golfers tee off at the Lismore golf course next Friday (October 24), the goal is to raise $15,000 to fund a vital piece of new equipment.
The nursery's current stock of monitors needs to be replaced and, at $15,000 per monitor, it's no small feat.
But enter Peter Warren, Ray Lindwall and Dave Seymour, whose ability to throw a golfing day worthy of everyone's time and money is legendary.
"We try to make sure people can come and have a great day of golf supporting Our Kids, and get value for their money as well," Mr Warren said.
The event still needs several more teams of four players each to register to hit its fundraising goal.
Plenty of raffle prizes will be on offer, including a weekend away for two to the Gold Coast's Royal Pines, as well as $1500 worth of trophies for winning teams.
An added bonus is that the golf course is in perfect condition, thanks to top-notch green keeping, despite the recent dry weather.
It is an Ambrose tournament, meaning each team tees off and then plays on from the best shot, so social golfers are welcome.
"At least 30 of our players only play golf once or twice a year," Mr Warren said.
Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said the nursery was used by a third of all babies born on the Northern Rivers, who could stay from an hour to six or seven weeks.
Mr Warren recalled that his own niece was born eight weeks premature.
"You realise all this equipment we've bought over the years was critical to her surviving," he said.
"Everyone knows somebody whose kids have used the nursery."