02 December 2016
With months of lead up and preparation, the St John SA inaugural golf day went off with a bang! The event was held on the 18th of November at the beautiful Grange Golf course as a fundraiser for our First Aid in Schools program. The day itself was a brilliant success. The weather was positively mild for our 55 attendees who began the day with a delicious hot breakfast bright and early at 7am followed by a shotgun start at 8am.
Professional golfer and all-round nice guy Cody Sherratt joined us on the green, kindly volunteering his time so that guests could ‘pay the pro’ to take a swing for them – for a fee of course. We also had a ‘cheats hole’ where guests could pay to knock up to five shots off their teams score. That we raised over $750 tells us we have a few people out there who could do with a bit more practice on the golf course!
Our major prize of the day was from Toyota, our First Aid in Schools corporate partner, who kindly offered up a Hilux SR5 for a hole in one. Some players came close to claiming the prize, stressing the Toyota team slightly, however the Hilux remained safe for next year to give it another red hot go!
18 holes of golf was followed by a delicious lunch in the Beeston room overlooking the spectacular Grange golf course. Former SANFL and Mix 102.3 breakfast host Mark Soderstrom did a brilliant job as our MC for the day. He was joined on stage with one of our very own St John SA cadets, Hayley, who told her brave story of saving her little brother’s life with the first aid skills she learned through her time at St John. It was an important reminder to us all about how important it is to have first aid skills.
The afternoon was followed by a raucous live auction by former federal senator Sean Edwards who did a fantastic job of helping the crowd to outbid each other on a selection of top prizes. The prize of the day was the extremely rare Seppeltsfield 100 year Tawny Port that went for a whopping $1200! The winner of that particular prize walked away very happy indeed. The live auction raised a total of $4700.
The feedback we have received from all who attended has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic – we already have people signing up for next year’s event. A big thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors, we could not have achieved such an excellent event without you. Together we raised enough money to each over 800 primary school children first aid!