For three years Carinbundi client Luke Hillyard has been perfecting his swing to tee off at the annual Eflux Carinbundi Foundation Charity Golf Day.
Polishing his technique with help from accredited golfing coach Mick Murnane, Luke was excited, but also nervous, as he took to the green on Sunday morning in front of more than 120 golfers.
Luke was smiling ear to ear, as preparation for one of Carinbundi’s biggest fundraising days of the year was about to begin.
His mum Sandy Hillyard said each year Luke was honoured to be the face of Carinbundi’s annual golf day.
“He has been with Carinbundi for a long time, 20 years now I think, the support is excellent,” Sandy said.
“Luke loves doing this, and he gets very excited knowing he will be here teeing off to get the day started.”
Mick said he enjoyed teaching Luke golf lessons, and he had never missed a training lesson.
“Every year his golf gets better,” Mick said.
“It’s important that it’s known that golf is a sport that everyone can have the opportunity to play.
“We have the guys from CLS (Community Lifestyle Support) here too today along with Carinbundi – golf really is an inclusive game.”
The foundation's coordinator Debra Phillips said the popular sold-out event, had more than 30 teams register, and she thanked local businesses for the support.
“I am really thrilled with the support of local businesses who have sponsored holes on the day as well as registering a team,” Deb said.
“I want our golf day to have a real ‘locals supporting locals’ vibe because that is what the Carinbundi Foundation is all about – building homes for life, for people living with a disability in Bundaberg.”
Deb said the local support for the Carinbundi Foundation Charity Golf Day was astronomical.
It included assistance from the North Bundaberg Lions Club who donated their time to cook the barbecue again this year, right through to the major sponsor Eflux, who had supported the previous two events.
“Earlier this year we completed two houses which have become home for Bundaberg people living with a disability,” she said.
“We would very much like to build another two homes using a similar model of two homes on the one block. Money raised at the golf day will go towards our next project.”
Carinbundi CEO Clive Pearce said for 22 years the organisation had been supporting locals with disabilities and their families.
“As a charitable foundation we are trying to provide homes for life, that’s why events like this are so important,” Clive said.
“Another thing that I think is very good is the fact that we have a large group of people here from CLS supporting today, this shows that organisations like the two are working together in partnership and not fighting over territory.
“I really appreciate how the Bundaberg community comes together to support us, and it is great to see such a big turnout here.”