A charity event at the Gulf Harbour Country Club on March 15 is set to give 10 teenagers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the Spirit of New Zealand.
The charity classic is being jointly organised by Harcourts real estate agent Karen Franklin and the country club.
Ms Franklin, who is herself a keen golfer, has been sponsoring young people on the Spirit since 2014.
“When I heard the country club was also interested in supporting charity events, I thought it would be a good fit,” she says. “Instead of sponsoring one young person a year, perhaps we will be able to send 10.”
To do this, the event will need to attract around 110 golfers and raise $25,000.
“We’re offering corporates the opportunity to sponsor one of the 18-holes and we hope businesses will come onboard with prizes for the charity auction.”
The event will be an Ambrose tournament for teams of four. Golfers who sign up on their own will be allocated a team. The cost per golfer is $150, which includes a cart, buffet dinner and prizes.
Country club director of golf and NZPGA member Frazer Bond says a charity event normally appeals to a wider range of golfers and is always a lot of fun.
“It will be a social day, with lots of good prizes, but it is also a chance to be part of something bigger,” he says. “We have one of the largest junior golf programmes in New Zealand so we were keen to support an initiative that gets young people enjoying the outdoors.”
MC at the dinner will be sports reporter Jim Kayes.
Every year, 1200 young New Zealanders take part in a Spirit of New Zealand voyage where the key themes are excellence, integrity, impact, environmental sustainability, innovation, diversity, community and participation, and equity.
Info about the golf classic: Phone Karen on 021 779 838 or Frazer on 021 112 6031.