The Rocky Bay Golf Day at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club was back with a bang in 2018, with the Friday, 13th April event raising $15,000 in support of Rocky Bay.
Following a hiatus in 2017, the refreshed event raised funds to purchase crucial therapy and rehabilitation equipment to help people living with disability to live more independent lives.
Rocky Bay Chief Executive Michael Tait said the event was a huge success, with 100 representatives from the 25 participating teams digging deep to support Rocky Bay.
“However I think it was the client ambassadors who really provide a mark of the success of the event, and really drove home why events such as this are so important,” Mr Tait said.
“Everyone I spoke to took something quite powerful away, whether it was a better understanding of what it means to live with disability or an awareness of how critical it is that we as a community support people with disability to live the best life possible.”
The evening culminated in a dinner, during which a raffle, silent auction and main auction took place. Gareth Parker, radio announcer for 6PR’s morning program, saved the day when the appointed auctioneer was unable to attend. At the last minute and with no preparation, Gareth provided a very entertaining auctioneering experience, even successfully encouraging bidders to bid against themselves, all in aid of fundraising for Rocky Bay!
The event was supported by AHG, who provided teams the opportunity to win a car for hitting a hole-in-one, Kailis Australian Pearls and pro golfers Katie Must and Charlton Knoll. The on-course hole sponsors JLT, Sylex Ergonomics and Netlink Group also made a significant contribution to the success of the event.
A big thank you must also be said to the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, those who donated prizes and auction items and to all 25 golf teams for their participation and generosity.
The Rocky Bay Golf Day was started in 1981 by WA cricketers Rodney Marsh and Terry Alderman. Since then, the event has raised $735,000 to help optimise the quality of life for people living with disability in WA.
One of the ambassadors who made a huge impact was Luke, who gave a heartfelt presentation before the evening’s proceedings, in thanks of Rocky Bay’s continued support with his rehabilitation. Watch Luke’s story here.