AFL star set to headline Portland District Hospital charity event

David Schwarz will help raise money for Portland District Hospital.

David Schwarz will help raise money for Portland District Hospital.

FORMER AFL star and media personality David Schwarz will headline the Portland District Health’s annual charity golf event will this year to help raise funds for chemotherapy and dialysis treatment chairs.

Schwarz, whose sudden sacking from radio station SEN and reported subsequent legal battle are making headlines around Australia, will play in the golf event on March 2 and speak at the dinner later that evening.

Known during his playing days as “The Ox” for his strong build, Schwarz played 173 games for Melbourne and kicked 244 goals before retiring in 2002.

This will be the sixth annual charity golf event which has so far raised $95,000 for medical equipment at PDH. This year’s event will support the purchase of five new $6000 treatment chairs.

PDH community engagement and fund-raising officer Carolyn Malseed said the replacement treatment chairs were designed for safety and patient comfort.

“Staff safety is paramount in providing optimum care, and the chairs incorporate a range of features to ensure convenience and staff safety are not compromised for patient comfort,” Ms Malseed said.

The charity golf event is one of PDH’s major fund-raisers. “It has always had great community support from sponsors and players and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”

The Australian Bluegum Plantation (ABP) hole-in-one challenge could net players a choice of car worth $30,000 supplied and supported by Callaghan Motors. Players will compete for prizes for longest drive, nearest the pin, best team costume and more.  The four-person Ambrose 13-hole event will kick off at 2pm sharp.

Tickets can be obtained through the Portland Golf Club 5523 2523.