TEE OFF: Bruce Bevan from the Rotary Club of Ballina and Bill Blundell from Marine Rescue Ballina are ready for the charity golf day on March 6.
TEE OFF: Bruce Bevan from the Rotary Club of Ballina and Bill Blundell from Marine Rescue Ballina are ready for the charity golf day on March 6.

Rotary golf day aids Marine Rescue

IT’S time to dust off your golf clubs and have a few practice swings – the Rotary Club of Ballina is getting ready for its annual charity golf day.


This will be the sixth year the event has been held, and over that time it has raised thousands of dollars for local charities.


In line for the profits this year is Marine Rescue Ballina.


Bruce Bevan from the Rotary Club of Ballina said the organisation would be a very worthy recipient of the money raised on the day.


“In the past we’ve raised $20,000 to buy the X-ray machine for the Ballina Hospital, we’ve raised money for the SES, Australian Seabird Rescue and for Biala Special School,” he said.


“All up we’ve raised more than $60,000, and we choose local charities so the money stays here in Ballina.


“We hope to raise about $8000 for Marine Rescue Ballina.”


Bill Blundell from Marine Rescue Ballina said the money would go towards the cost of building the organisation’s new tower.


“We are very grateful for the support of the Rotary Club of Ballina,” he said.


Mr Bevan – who, along with Mr Blundell, is a keen golfer himself – encouraged everyone to come along for a great day.


“You don’t have to be a good golfer,” he said.


“And if you can’t organise a team of four, we can help with that.


“We normally get about 140 players and it’s a really good day. It’s a lot of fun.”


The Rotary Club of Ballina’s charity golf day will be held on Sunday, March 6, at the Ballina Golf and Sports Club.


It is a four-ball Ambrose event, starting with a barbecue lunch at 11am before hit-off at midday.


Cost is $35 per player, which includes fees, lunch and refreshments.


There will also be lots of prizes on the day, as well as novelty events and raffles.


For more information or to register for the event, call the Ballina Golf and Sports Club on 6686 2766 or email admin@ballinagolfclub.com.au.


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