The 2019 Royal Fremantle Charity Golf Day in support of Rocky Bay saw over $10,500 raised to purchase vital Eye Gaze equipment which will open up new possibilities for people living with disability in Western Australia.
More than 80 people came together for a day of golf, laughs and goodwill, digging deep for a good cause.
Golf day ambassador, 44-year-old Brendan Ryan, was left with an acquired brain injury after receiving treatment for Leukaemia as a teenager, which saw his ability to communicate and engage with those around him deteriorate.
That was until Rocky Bay introduced Brendan to the Eye Gaze. The equipment translates all touch, gestures, clicks, keyboard strokes and side swipes into actionable commands using only shifts in a person’s eye gaze.
Not only can Brendan now communicate more effectively, he also has more control of the environment around him simply by accessing a range of gaze-enabled environmental controls.
Rocky Bay Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tait, said the golf day proved a huge success and funds raised would help reduce wait times to access Eye Gaze trials.
“We believe everyone deserves a voice, an opportunity to gain literacy, and the chance to achieve independence – just like Brendan,” Mr Tait said.
“Wait times to trial Eye Gaze equipment currently stand at six weeks, with additional appointments and travel required on top of a customer’s normal therapy.
“Donations from the night will help Rocky Bay purchase Eye Gaze equipment, which will enable customers to access the trial sooner and change their lives for the better.”
Golfers on the day included special guest former West Coast Eagles star, Glen Jakovich, and 6PR 882 presenters, Gareth Parker and Chris Illsey.
The event was kindly supported by JLT, 6PR 882, Kevrek, Viva Photography, Alinta Energy and the Royal Fremantle Golf Club.
The Rocky Bay Golf Day was started in 1981 by Western Australian cricketers Rodney Marsh and Terry Alderman. Since then, the event has raised over $745,500 to help optimise the quality of life for people living with disability in WA.
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