Date: January 20, 2011

Golf Australia commits $50,000 to flood victims

Golf Australia has committed $50,000 to the Golf Industry Flood Disaster Relief Fund to assist the victims of the Queensland Floods. Golf Australia Chairman Anne Lenagan said the golf community was renowned for its ability to care for others in times of crisis. Everyone recognises the severity of this natural disaster and we are all keen to support the flood victims. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those who have died and the thousands who have lost their homes, Lenagan said. Just as in 2009 during the terrible fires in Victoria, we have received a number of calls in the last few days from people looking to get involved or help affected people and golf clubs in any way they can. Lenagan said there were a number of ways that people could get involved. Whether it s as simple as asking for a donation from players at your club, offering $5 when they play on the weekend or running special fundraising days, every little bit will count towards the enormous recovery work that lies ahead for Queensland, Lenagan said. At this point in time, Golf Australia is aware of at least 14 golf clubs which have been affected by the surging floodwaters which now extend into northern New South Wales. The Golf Industry Flood Disaster Relief Fund is a fund established and supported by the golf industry bodies and is being coordinated by Golf Australia. In 2009 the Australian golf industry raised $675,000 for the victims of the Victorian Bushfires. In addition, Golf Link has offered, at no cost, an opportunity for clubs to register a charity open day on their website to raise funds. Interest clubs are invited to contact Jon Perkins at Golf Link at Donations can be made to the Flood Disaster Relief Fund via: EFT: Account Name – Golf Australia Ltd Account No: 188884628 BSB: 083155 Cheques: Made payable to Golf Industry Flood Disaster Relief Fund