The 9 hole team winners Amy Jones, Fliss Cox, Amy Truscott and Lauren McIlroy

Charity begins at home

by Ann van Engelen

Twenty teams of local golfers came together at the Hororata Golf Club last Friday for the Property Brokers fundraising tournament for St John Ambulance.

“Ann Shepherd, Malvern St John area committee chair came into my office one day to ask to put a flyer up for volunteers. Knowing how hard she works, I wanted to support her directly yet indirectly, and that was the beginning of our mission,” says organiser Jannetta Thomas.

“I went to St John last year to see if I could do a charity event to raise funds for them. I am a sponsor of the Hororata Golf Club, and my husband is a member, so it made sense to be a golf tournament. St John personnel do a lot of hard work, and they have helped my family many times directly, especially through my late mum. She called on them often and they were brilliant in supporting her, before she passed away last year.

“We had excellent support with the tournament last year and again this year. The players competed in both 9 or 18 hole games, and everyone was welcome. They did not need a handicap to enjoy the great day out while supporting a good cause within our community.

“Being held on a weekday means people often give up work to support the cause — which is very much appreciated. We had some great prizes, raffles and auctions items up for grabs, which were donated by various local businesses within the Selwyn area. Everyone has been very encouraging with their support.”