The second annual Premier's Cup golf day has raised nearly $245,000 for the Good Friday Appeal and the Bourke Street Fund.
Hosted by Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, Melbourne's corporate world joined politicians, professional golfers and celebrities at Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the charity golf day on Monday.
The all-star line-up included Ricky Ponting, Damien Oliver, Archie Thomson, MPs Anthony Carbines and Tim Richardson as well as the Premier himself. All showed their passion for golf on the Melbourne Sandbelt while Tour Pro including Olympian Marcus Fraser, Peter O’Malley and Deyen Lawson showed them how to really tame the course.
The day, which was run in conjunction with the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC), provided a great networking opportunity between Members of Parliament, corporate participants and representatives from the golf industry.
Taking out the overall honours on the day were a team from Crown Resorts – one of the biggest corporate supporters of the Premier’s Cup in the past two years.
AGIC chairman Stephen Pitt lauded the day and function as "great initiatives of Premier Andrews.”
"It's a terrific way for the golf community and corporate Australia to unite and show support for a great concept by the Premier which, more importantly, gets us collectively behind a wonderful cause," Pitt said.
“The Royal Children's Hospital and the Good Friday Appeal are both iconic Victorian institutions and it's just great that golf can play a part in advancing them. It is also heartening to know that half the funds from the day will also be going to the Bourke Street Fund."
While it was all about fun on the golf course, the Gala Dinner provided the launching pad to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal, a cause close to the Premier and all Victorian’s hearts.
With a number of fantastic items up for auction, including trips to the 2017 Presidents Cup, 2017 Open Championship, a Corporate Suite at the 2017 Ashes Boxing Day Test and an exclusive round of golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club with the Premier and US Open Champion, Geoff Ogilvy, the bidding was fast and furious meaning significant funds were raised on the night.
The golf day raised approximately $245,000, an increase of $25,000 on last year’s total.
“Our state is grieving with so many families affected by the tragic events on Bourke Street. It's only right that a share of today's proceeds gives them the support they need," Premier Andrews said.
"The Royal Children’s Hospital cared for the youngest victims of the Bourke Street tragedy – just as they care for our state's youngest patients every day – and these funds make a real difference.”
The final cheque will be presented by Premier Andrews as part of The Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal campaign on April 14.