It's golf with a cause. And the winner looks set to be the Cancer Society.
Traditionally, staff from Timaru branches of the National and ANZ banks have got behind Daffodil Day, the national fundraising event for the Cancer Society.
But this year the staff, joined by those from UDC Finance, are going all out in their fundraising efforts for the Cancer Society's South Canterbury branch, by organising a charity golf tournament at the Timaru Golf Club on August 17.
And, with the prize pool growing, tournament co-ordinator Marie Bromwich is keen to ensure there is a full field for the event.
"There is the potential to raise up to $5000-$10,000 for the Cancer Society," Mrs Bromwich said.
She already has 25 teams signed up, but there is still room for 11 more to complete the field.
Principal sponsors get naming rights to a hole as well as entry for a team of four for the $400 price tag, while it costs $300 to enter a team of four.
Mrs Bromwich reckons its a pretty good deal, considering teams will be provided with food and refreshments before the 11.30am tee-off.
And when it comes to the generosity of South Canterbury businesses in supporting the event, Mrs Bromwich has been amazed.
"People have been amazing. If people say South Canterbury does not have a heart, they are absolutely wrong. Already the prize pool includes everything from golf gear to meal and accommodation vouchers, clothing, bags and umbrellas.
There's even a chance to win a new car. John Bradley Hyundai has put up a prize of a Hyundai ix35 as a hole-in-one prize on the 15th hole.
With all the support businesses are giving the event, Mrs Bromwich is confident every participant will end up going home with a prize.
While several bank staff are involved with the golf tournament, others are still raising funds for Daffodil Day through raffles, barbecues and other fundraisers.
Locally, the Cancer Society has set itself a target of $67,750 a $10,000 increase on last year, according to manager Gabrielle Hall. All the money raised in South Canterbury remains in the region. Ms Hall said there were no shortages of use for the money, with hardly a day going by that the society did not receive a referral for someone who had been diagnosed with cancer.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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