Teeing off to raise more than $22,000

A keen group of golfers took on the wild weather while pitching and putting their way to raising more than $22,000 at the recent Very Special Kids Golf Day at Southern Golf Club in Braeside.

The morning started off as a wet day more suited for ducks, but it didn’t take long for the rain to disappear and the birdies to start flowing out on the course. Seventy-eight golfers played on the day, which was proudly sponsored by OHM Australia, a leading accounting and business advisory firm based just down the road from Very Special Kids in Malvern.

Following the round of golf, Geoff Cox of Coxy’s Big Break hosted a fundraising dinner that provided lots laughs, entertainment and some hot auction items up for grabs.The highlight of the dinner was an interview with Jamie Padfield – the father of Charlotte, who passed away in 2011.  Jamie talked about the important support his family received during Charlotte’s life and the importance of the Very Special Kids Bereavement Program, particularly for his daughters Emma and Isabel.

Jamie shared his appreciation to everyone who contributed to the golf day.

“I sincerely thank everyone for joining me on the course and helping to raise much needed funds for a great cause. I know first-hand how important this respite care is for the families. Sharing my family’s story isn’t always easy, but I felt so welcomed to the stage so by Coxy and everyone, made all the difference – it was a wonderful day.”