The Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day had exceeded expectations even before teeing off, as local businesses and community members helped raise vital funds.
Friendlies Foundation and volunteer coordinator Maria Ebert said they were thrilled with the turn-out.
“This is an annual event, and last year we raised a much-needed $10,000 and we exceeded that this year before we even started,” she said.
“One hundred per cent of the proceeds go to the Foundation.”
Maria said money raised during the Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day would be added to the $3 million needed to complete the short-term accommodation on Bingera Street.
She said the main goal for the new accommodation was to help increase the health services in the Bundaberg Region, and in return help keep families together instead of having to leave the region for medical treatment.
“At the moment we're raising money for 16-unit accommodation that will be used to give remote families and studying nurses and doctors somewhere to live.”
Maria said Bundaberg’s ideal weather delighted the record number of golfers as they made their way around the course at Bundaberg Golf Club.
“Last year we had 116 golfers in 29 teams, and this year we have broken that record with 144 golfers in 36 teams,” Maria said.
“It’s really about bringing everyone in the community together. We have teamed up with Rotary Sunrise who have run a sausage sizzle, so it’s an event with an event.”
The Friendlies Foundation was first registered in 2012 as the charitable and fundraising arm of the Friendly Society Private Hospital and officially launched in 2016.
Since then The Friendlies Foundation has provided more than $120,000 in support of the hospital including raising vital funds at it's annual Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day.
To find out more about the Friendlies Foundation click here.