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It had been a number of years since we had organised a Golf Day, but when one of our loyal supporters, Garth Richards from Graphic Laminates, contacted us and said that he wanted to do something to help us raise funds for TEARS, and mentioned the idea of a Golf Day, we jumped at the opportunity. Garth approached Clovelly Country Club, and the 30th November was secured, giving us just five months to organise the day. A golf organising committee was formed, and it was all systems go, to plan the special day.

The day, held at one of the most beautiful golf courses in South Africa, was a huge success and enjoyed by all. On offer for a Hole-in-One on the 8th Tee, was a motor vehicle, a Volkswagen UP, underwritten by Santam, and organised by Nick Stubbs of Lyall Morgan Insurance Brokers. Barons Tokai kindly provided the vehicle, sponsored the hole, and were represented by Gavin Coulson of New Vehicle Sales.  Although a few golfers came close to scoring a hole-in-one, no one “hit the jackpot”, but the anticipation as each golfer tried his / her luck generated much fun and excitement. Graphic Laminates had sponsored 12 Telescopic Flags, bearing the TEARS logo and tagline and as we stood on the balcony overlooking the course, the flags, which were lining the pathway to the course, waved in the breeze, creating a great sense of pride.

Other holes were sponsored by Bridge Fund Managers, Urban Brewery, Spilhaus Brewery, Old Mutual Insure, Classic Parasols, Carbon Cocktail, Falke, and Perky Pets.  We were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of other sponsors, corporates, businesses and contributors, who were all so munificent in providing prizes, Auction items, Raffle items, Goodie Bag items, and prizes for the golfers. Each golfer received a Goodie Bag, provided by Falke, which was crammed full of amazing donated “goodies”. There were 136 players in total, and everyone received a prize, which testifies to the big-heartedness of our supporters. At the prize-giving, we were entertained by radio commentator and raconteur of note, Robin Jackman, who amused everyone with stories of escapades experienced by him and fellow commentator Trevor Quirk, on the numerous national cricket tours wherein they were involved.

We extend our grateful thanks to all these caring sponsors, businesses and individuals, and thank Clovelly Country Club for their helpfulness and amazing hospitality, in hosting our Golf Day, which raised R130 000 in much needed funds. I express my heartfelt thanks to the Golf Day Organising Committee, comprising Garth Richards, Debbie Clark, Michelle Richards, Lesley Leask and Dave Mitton, who were so determined from the start, to ensure the success of the Golf Day. They put in a tremendous effort and worked hard, to ensure that the Golf Day would be a memorable day for everyone, and that TEARS would benefit handsomely from the funds raised. Others involved, behind the scenes, were our Admin Manager, Leone Gradidge, our Collections Officer, Patrick Currin, and our volunteer Designer, Lucy Mackay, and on the day we were aided by volunteers Jane Ginsberg, Danielle and Daniella.

To everyone who contributed to the success of our Golf Day, I convey my sincere thanks and appreciation. It is most heart-warming to know that so many people care and want to support our special organisation!

MARILYN HOOLE