Golf Day raises more than $50,000 for homeless young people

The Chappell Foundation’s 4th Annual Golf Day was an outstanding success, though another Covid scare and wet conditions beforehand did their best to frustrate us.

Some 85 golfers committed to the day and only a few were forced to withdraw due to the NSW Golf Club deciding that golf carts couldn’t be used that day, to safeguard their splendid LaPerouse course.

“We made better than $50,000 on the day which goes straight to the frontline youth homelessness charities we support,” said TCF chairman Darshak Mehta.

“It was a magnificent result under difficult circumstances and a credit, once again, to the Foundation’s wonderful supporters.”

Test opener David Warner played the course with his manager, James Erskine. James made a generous personal donation to our cause.

The golf course was in spectacular condition on Tuesday, lush fairways and true, marble-top greens, on a mild sunny day without breeze.

Ideal golfing weather, most agreed and not many excuses to play badly!

Dinner following the golf was an entertaining affair.

Our Patron and co-founder Greg Chappell, who flew in from Brisbane, told guests how the Foundation would use the funds they had contributed to support seven charities helping homeless young people.

MC Jimmy Smith conducted an entertaining live auction, followed by a “Stand up for the Homeless” pledge auction.

Guest speaker Todd Greenberg, CEO of the Australian Cricketers Association and former chief executive of the Australian Rugby League, gave terrific insights into the world of elite sport as seen by a top administrator.

The Foundation is grateful to James Sutherland and Golf Australia for donating auction items to assist our fundraising,

Jim Norfolk and Ian Davis have our thanks for donating prizes for our players and we are indebted to Alspec’s Bob Barraket and Phil O’Neill for their wonderful support.

David and Lerida Grant, Peter Maloney,Nikhil Sehgal, Manish Goklaney and Ken Singhwere unstinting allies of our Golf Day fundraising.

Stone and Wood, another of the Foundation’s reliably generous supporters provided beer for the event and Ricky Ponting’s Ponting Wines supplied their terrific wines, as they did at our Annual Dinner in May.

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