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Charity Golf Classic Tees Off In Aid Of Alzheimers

Media Release for immediate use: Wednesday 22 April 2009

Charity Golf Classic Tees Off In Aid Of Alzheimers Canterbury

The third annual Ladies’ Charity Golf Classic at Clearwater will tee off on Monday 27 April in support of Alzheimers Canterbury.

The Wroxton Finance Clearwater Ladies Charity Golf Classic will get underway on Monday 27 April and runs through until Wednesday 29 April.

More than 100 golfers from 30 clubs all around New Zealand will take part in this three-day event, which Tournament Organising Chair Cushla McGillivray says has become a very popular event on the women’s golfing calendar.

“Women come from all over the country to take part in this tournament, from as far north as Auckland, down to Otago in the south. This is the third time this golf classic has been staged at Clearwater and the women who participate in it can’t wait to come back for next year’s tournament,” she says.

The Golf Classic will be played under three differing formats. Day one is 4 Ball Better Ball, Day two Individual Stableford, with the final day being Gross and Nett.

Cushla McGillivray says while the tournament is naturally focused on the golf, it is three days of fun, competition and friendship.

“There are prizes for just about everything you can imagine, from Nearest the Pins, Straight Drives, and of course there are prizes for the golf as well! We will also be holding a prizegiving dinner, silent auction and raffles.”

In 2007, the lady members of Clearwater decided to establish an annual event that would benefit charities within the Canterbury region. The charities which have so far benefited from the tournament have been Breast Cancer Foundation and the Arthritis Canterbury Service Centre.

Last year the tournament raised $16,000 for Arthritis Canterbury and organisers are confident this year’s event will be no different in raising funds for the recipient charity, Alzheimers Canterbury.

“Local sponsors and golfers in general are extremely generous in their support of these charities. Playing in this tournament isn’t all about winning because at the end of the day it’s the recipient charity which really matters and helping out people who may be less fortunate than ourselves,” says Cushla McGillivray.

General Manager of Alzheimers Canterbury Susan Askew says she is thrilled the organisation has been selected as the recipient charity for the Wroxton Finance Clearwater Ladies’ Golf Classic.

“We are very grateful for the support being offered by this tournament. The increasing incidence of Alzheimers Disease and other dementias within our society means our client base is continuing to grow, as we provide support for people with dementia and their families and friends,” she says.

“We are all living longer, so the prevalence of dementia is increasing. Consequently, there are more people in the community with memory loss and confusion needing our support. Funds raised from this tournament will be used to assist with education and research into this debilitating disease.”


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