Duo take clubs to hardship

Last updated 10:08 06/03/2014
 Julie Baxendine and Rod Baxendine
BIG DRIVE: Julie Baxendine and Rod Baxendine are getting ready for the Fifeshire Foundation's Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Auction being held on March 20 at the Nelson Golf Club.

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A charity golf tournament and auction for Nelsonians in need is about to tee off.

This year a Nelson couple is fronting up to help make the Fifeshire Foundation event a success on March 20.

A general manager at human resources consultancy company Intepeople, Julie Baxendine has become a foundation trustee.

Since then she's been working hard to find auction items and prizes and encouraging people to enter a team.

"Since becoming a trustee I've been staggered by the breadth and depth of need in our community. It's motivated me to make sure this annual fundraiser is a success."

Husband Rod Baxendine is a keen golfer; he's entering the competition this year.

"I'm always happy to play in this tournament as it's a wonderful cause and a great event," Mr Baxendine says.

The foundation assists people in financial hardship or domestic crisis. Administrator Susannah Roddick said they received about 40 applications every month.

Each year the foundation grants $100,000 to more than 350 families or to organisations working with local people. Typical grants include car seats, whiteware, firewood, doctors' bills and spectacles. The foundation never gives out cash.

She said it was sometimes the more unusual items that were critical.

"Last month we bought a safety gate for a family with a baby, and a young girl some much needed orthotic shoes."

The foundation hopes to top last year's golf fundraising total of $25,900.

The auction includes a Reid Helicopters trip to Mt Owen with a picnic provided by Broccoli Row, a chainsaw with a load of wood, a Crusaders jersey and High Tea with the Mayor of Nelson. Mrs Baxendine said she was amazed by the generosity of local businesses.

"The result is we have no costs, and so every dollar raised goes out to assist local people."

Golfers , contact Susannah Roddick 027 334 3374.

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