Hospice 'fun day' fundraiser plays out

Despite a patch of wet weather over Southland, the Hospice Southland Golf Classic went ahead yesterday.

Hospice Southland manager Andrew Leys said the rain cleared before the first ball was hit from a tee.

''It actually stopped raining as the shotgun went off.''

The Craigs Investment Partners-sponsored classic consisted of 18 holes at the Invercargill Golf Course in Otatara.

Teams of four paid $240 to participate and competed for prizes.

''It's just a fun day for those that want to play golf and raise money for a local charity.''

Hospice Southland relies on local fundraising to keep its doors open.

Leys said the ''good spirit'' of Southlanders was to be commended after their support of the charity.

''It's important for us to connect with the local partners.''

Hospice Southland promotions officer Renee Goldup said the event was a fantastic fundraiser for the hospice.

''We have received great support from Southland businesses in sponsoring the 18 holes and we're hoping to make this an annual event.''

The Southland Times