The people of Hawks Nest and beyond have rallied behind their local Golf Club and raised over $40,000 for those affected by the bushfires.
As the State burned around them Greg Acret and his team at Hawks Nest Golf Club organised the Bushfire Appeal Charity Golf Day which took place on 17 January 2020. It was an extraordinary effort which came together in just 11 days.
“The camaraderie and the atmosphere on the day was unbelievable. Everyone got behind the event and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day,” General Manager Greg Acret said.
There was a full field of 144 players on the day playing a 4 Man Ambrose event, among them Craig Parry, Doug Walters and Peter Sterling who attended at very short notice.
““Sterlo” especially was a star attraction with him giving a very humourous half hour talk on some of the funnier things he experienced during his playing days with Parramatta,” Acret said.
The winning team was comprised of Warwick Jones, Jim Rutter, Tony Butler and Luke McCarthy, the Club Junior Champion.
A total of $41,000 was raised on the day with funds coming from 100% of the playing fee, donations from local businesses, an auction, raffle, novelty events and playing vouchers from Clubs including NSW Golf Club, Avondale, Twin Creeks, Manly, Pymble, Bayview and Cabramatta.
“The HNGC members donated $6,250 with one very generous member donating $5,000. I am very grateful for the support of everyone who contributed,” Acret said.
Also attending on the day were some of the Royal Fires Service volunteers who have given so much of themselves during the bushfires season.
“Some of the RFS volunteers who were here on the day became very emotional when they saw how much money was raised and how much the community valued their efforts during the bushfire crisis.
“All in all it was a very successful event and everyone at the club is extremely happy with the result.”