Golf Day Raises More Than $30,000

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Monday, 31 March 2014
PDH’s annual fund-raising golf day has been a huge hit raising more than $30,000 for developing palliative care and cancer units at the hospital.

The tally exceeded a community challenge to raise $30,000.

It could have been even better when golfer Rod Gray came within centimetres of achieving a $100,000 hole in one on the eighth hole. If Mr Gray's tee shot had been just a little longer he would have won $50,000 for himself and $50,000 for the hospital.

Community Engagement officer Carolyn Malseed said the response from the community had been overwhelming.

The support particularly from sponsors has been fantastic and helped us to exceed our target, Ms Malseed said.

The total raised was $30,200.

Proceeds from the Charity Golf Day will go towards the refurbishment and development of the palliative care and cancer units in the Sub-Acute Department at PDH.

The unit will be vital for the Portland district community and will ensure care to those patients in need can be accessed locally and with ease. Training of nursing, pharmacy and medical staff started early 2014 and will continue until the opening of the unit.

All 104 golfing positions were filled and the dinner was also a sellout event with 156 people attending the dinner and charity auction with special guest AFL legend Doug Hawkins.

PDH CEO Chris Giles thanked the organising committee Rebecca Skaer, Cindy Huppatz, Rosemary Cole, Pam Thomas, Carolyn Malseed and the Portland Golf Club for their support.

The whole day was so well supported and we really appreciate the community's participation and enthusiasm, Ms Giles said.

A similar event is planned for 2015.


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