$1M reasons to be on par for a good course

$1M reasons to be on par for a good course

Inaguaral St.George ATS Community Golf Day gains local support

Brookwater residents weren’t to be misled when they caught a glimpse of a larger than life ‘green dragon’ on the range today as St.George Bank’s mascot Happy Dragon practiced his swing with the Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pisasale.

The Mayor and Happy Dragon, took to the course along with St.George’s Head of Retail Banking, Queensland Ross Gillam and Managing Director of Australian Transport Services, Peter Sanders in  preparation for the St.George ATS Inaugural Community Golf Day.

All proceeds raised at the Community Golf Day to be held on 22 February 2013 will be split between two worthy charities - St.George Foundation and Friedreich Ataxia Research Association (FARA).

Funds are raised by sponsoring a hole for $5,000, which also gives golfers the chance to win a share in $1 Million – all while experiencing a great day of golf at the beautiful award-winning Brookwater Golf & Country Club, rated Queensland’s best for the last 5 years.

“By sponsoring a hole on the day you will be doing good twice!” said Head of St.George Queensland, Ross Gillam. “You’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of Aussie Kids and also supporting crucial medical research for a crippling and incurable disease.

“Our million dollar hole-in-one means players could win $500,000 for themself and another $500,000 for the two charities,” said Mr Gillam.

St.George Foundation improves the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged while FARA is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole purpose is to fund research on Friedreich Ataxia (FA). Currently there’s neither treatment nor cure for this condition.

FA is currently believed to affect about 1 in 50,000 people in Australia and New Zealand. It is a degenerative, genetic, neurological disease that appears predominantly in children and teenagers, usually first diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 15. FA causes difficulty walking, talking and performing everyday functions, soon leaving sufferers wheelchair bound.

Mike Dwyer from FARA and father of two children who suffer FA said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of St.George Queensland and ATS.

It’s heart-warming to know we have the backing of our local community supporting our cause – it gives me firm belief that our mission of accelerating treatments and finding a cure for FA is achievable,” said Mr Dwyer.

Local Ipswich Mayor, Paul Pisasale  said the Golf Day is a chance for golfing enthusiasts to experience the beautifully designed Greg Norman Golf Course, while also supporting those in need.

“I’m very much looking forward to the day - it is an opportunity for residents, local business and the wider community to come together for a fantastic cause,” he said

Other supporters of the Golf Day include Defence Reserves Support, the organisation that liaises between Defence, Reservists and their employers.

For $5,000 you can sponsor a hole on the day, which includes:

• A team of four players for the day

• Dress up the tee and green with company signage

• A resort package to Phuket, Thailand for 2 people valued at $5500 PLUS each player will receive a $250 Resort Rewards - courtesy of Ignite Travel Group

Registrations can be made by contacting Megan Crofts or Brooke Wilson from St.George Bank Queensland on 07 3232 8847.

About St.George Foundation

St.George Foundation was established by St.George Bank in 1990. Since that time, it has partnered with more than 700 community organisations across Australia to invest more than $20 million to improve the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged.
www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au

 

About FARA

Friedreich Ataxia Research Association (Australasia) (FARA(A)) is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole purpose is to fund research on Friedreich Ataxia (FA), a condition for which, currently, there’s neither treatment nor cure.

www.fara.org.au

 

 

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Media Contact:         

St.George Bank                                              ATS                                                    

Penny Mahon                                                 Deanna Nott

Media & Communications Manager               Golf Day Committee Member

M 0434 18 55 90                                             M 0438 013 548

 

About St.George Foundation

St.George Foundation was established by St.George Bank in 1990. Since that time, it has partnered with more than 700 community organisations across Australia to invest more than $20 million to improve the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged.
www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au

 

About FARA

Friedreich Ataxia Research Association (Australasia) (FARA(A)) is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole purpose is to fund research on Friedreich Ataxia (FA), a condition for which, currently, there’s neither treatment nor cure.

www.fara.org.au

 

 
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