Chip in for charity - and a shot at $100,000

GOLFERS will have a chance to beat the odds and win $100,000 while helping save lives when Portland District Health (PDH) hosts its inaugural charity golf day on March 24.

PDH hopes to raise at least $20,000 from the event at the Portland Golf Club to purchase much-needed new equipment for its accident and emergency (A&E) department, which dealt with nearly 9000 cases last year.

All participants will have the opportunity to win $100,000 by hitting a hole-in-one, with other spot prizes also on offer.

It is estimated the chance of an average golfer making a hole-in-one is about 12,500 to 1, but PDH has taken out insurance just in case someone gets lucky.

If more than one golfer sinks an ace, they too will win the $100,000 prize, with each winner expected to split their cash with the hospital in support of the event, which is PDH’s major annual fund-raiser.

PDH service development manager Grant Muddle said all profits would go directly towards buying a new trauma light and rapid infuser for the A&E department.

“It will be a great event to involve the community and raise awareness about what we offer at PDH,” Mr Muddle said.

“The emergency department is the lifeline for Portland district and it is important that we have the equipment needed to save lives.”

Mr Muddle said PDH was seeking corporate sponsorship for the event and assembling a variety of sports-related and general items for an auction, as well as prizes for nearest-the-pin and longest drive competitions.

“We are seeking both cash and in-kind sponsorship to support the event.”

The major platinum sponsor will have the opportunity to play the round of golf with Rodney Hogg, the former Australian fast bowler and a keen amateur golfer, who is also speaking at a dinner at the golf club in the evening. 

Tickets are available for both the dinner, the four-ball ambrose for up to 18 teams of four, or a combination of both events.

Those interested in playing or supporting the event can contact Mr Muddle on 5521 0333.

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