Golf day gives kids nine thousand better chances


Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista receives a $9,000 cheque from Local Government Charity Golf Day organisers Anthony Magarry, Barry Goodwin and Vicki Walker.

This year’s Local Government Charity Golf Day raised a record $9,000, which was presented to local charity Our Kids at the Lismore Base Hospital children’s ward.

More than 140 golfers from Sydney to Brisbane attended the Local Government Charity Golf Day on September 6 at the Lismore Workers Golf Club, which is an annual event to raise money for local charities helping local kids.

Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said it was an amazing effort from organisers and she praised the hard work that will help Our Kids purchase specialist equipment.

‘We haven’t earmarked the money just yet but I have a long wish-list!’ she said. ‘There are two things I would love to be able to purchase at the moment. The first is another photo-therapy light, which is actually a blanket that wraps around babies to help reduce jaundice. The other is a breast pump for mums whose babies are in the special care nursery. That way the bubs can get the best milk possible to nourish them while they are in care.

‘I think it’s lovely the Local Government Charity Golf Day organisers choose a charity that’s directly helping children each year. The local government area is the same geographical stamp of the children that are coming into the kids’ ward, so the money directly goes to helping local children.’

Local Government Charity Golf Day organiser, Lismore City Council’s Anthony Magarry, said he was thrilled to have raised such a significant amount of money. He said they raised another $1,000 on last year’s total.

‘I guess next year we now have a very clear goal and that’s to crack the $10,000 mark.

‘It was a great day again this year and I would like to thank the efforts of the volunteers and all of our sponsors for helping make it such a success. The day goes from strength to strength each year and that means more local kids get the treatment they need to live healthy, happy lives. Hopefully we’ll get lots of new golf players when they grow up.’

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