Lady Golfers on a Mission
‘Women on a mission’ was how Sue Leong, Lady President of the Green Acres Golf in Kew, described the club’s Charity Day in October. The day raised an amazing $24,000 for McAuley Community Services for Women and put the issue of family violence very much on the agenda of all the 170 women who participated.
Many of the club’s 400 women members worked for months to make the day a success not only on the fairway but in the clubhouse. Women sold homemade produce, craft goods, second hand books and raffle tickets. On the fairway, they raised money by sponsoring a professional golfer to hit a shot on their behalf and using any other creative way to swing a club for the cause, helped by a number of generous sponsors who contributed to the day.
The club runs the charity day once a year, selecting an organisation to support. Sue said the club tries to support local charities, but there was an acknowledgement that family violence is in every community and local women often have to leave their area to be safe and seek refuge with services provided by McAuley Community Services for Women.
“I wanted to find an organisation that supported women who were pretty desperate and McAuley seemed to be the only organisation that offered 24 hour crisis accommodation as well as other supports,” Sue said.
McAuley Community Services for Women CEO Ms Jocelyn Bignold attended the golf day and applauded the women for their commitment.
“Many of the women I spoke to know a lot about family violence because of the high profile it has been given in the media this year. Sadly, that’s because so many women have been killed this year and there is a sense that something needs to be done. Everyone wants to do something about this terrible injustice and people find their own ways to respond. These women are making a significant difference by raising money so that we can provide refuge for women and children who have to flee their home,” Jocelyn said.
Caption: Sue Leong (left) and Lee Rimes (right) present the cheque to Penny Underwood from McAuley Community Services for Women.