A large turnout at this year’s Jesuit Mission Golf Day in Melbourne has helped raise funds for a vital community development project in Zimbabwe.
A total of 93 golfers took to the course at Greenacres Golf Club in Kew on 17 February, competing in teams of four for the Arthur McMahon Memorial Trophy.
‘There was a big thunderstorm the night before, and it rained in the morning, but the rain stopped and it just turned out to be a perfect day’, said organiser Nick Dunstan.
The afternoon of golf kicked off at midday, with groups spread across the course. Along with the main prize, the golfer also competed for a hole in one prize on a selected hole – although no one managed to claim the $5000 prize this year. A number of corporate and individual supporters added to the fundraising by sponsoring holes for $2000 each.
‘It was really an opportunity for old and new supporters of Jesuit Mission to have a golf day and raise some funds’, said Dunstan.
Dinner at the Amora Hotel in Richmond followed the event. The dinner included raffles and door prizes. Wines donated by the Mordialloc Hotel were auctioned off, while the Collingwood Football Club sponsored the event with a signed jersey, as well as auctioning off the opportunity to visit the team in the rooms, and run out on the ground with the mascot.
The winning team was handed the Arthur McMahon Trophy by his grandson, Tim David. The team was Bill McVeigh, Alan Reiter, Alec Fuller, and Arthur Pettit.
In total, the event raised around $40,000 for Silveria House in Zimbabwe. The house is the centre of the Jesuits’ social apostolate in Zimbabwe, and is involved in skills training, sustainable agriculture and community development projects in the country.
The Jesuit Mission Sydney Golf Day will be held on 22 March, at Killara Golf Course, Killara. Find out how you can take part here.