Golf helps fill funds gulf

March 07, 2018

Simon Young, Kevin Sheedy, Donna McLaren and Jason Naylor at the Shepparton Central Rotary Club's annual charity lunch and golf day.

More than 100 golfers, sponsors and volunteers were treated to a brilliant day out at Shepparton Golf Club on Friday.

Shepparton Central Rotary Club’s annual charity lunch and golf day went off without a hitch for yet another year, with thousands of dollars raised for Goulburn Valley Health.

Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy enthralled the large crowd with tales of his long career — playing, coaching and in administration — while also giving his thoughts on the current state of the AFL.

‘‘It was an outstanding presentation by Kevin Sheedy sharing memories of his career as a footballer, coach and administrator over many years in the VFL and AFL system,’’ golf day chairman Rob Kelly said.

‘‘He was happy giving answers to questions from the audience and thoughts on football in the future as he sees it.’’

Those in attendance were treated to Sheedy’s thoughts on the AFL’s future in Tasmania, overseas and in regional centres like Shepparton, among a number of other topical issues.

The final tally of funds raised from the day will be north of $28000, and will specifically help a GV Health scholarship.

‘‘Proceeds of the day will go towards an educational scholarship for a nurse in the emergency department in the children’s ward of GV Health,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘It is the start of a five-year project to raise $100000 plus.

‘‘The balance of proceeds will go to a selected group of projects chosen by the Rotary club.’’

Kelly also highlighted the day would not have been possible without its sponsors.

‘‘Specsavers, Lendlease and Maxxia were the major sponsors of the day and they contributed $17500 in cash and prizes,’’ he said.

‘‘There were also over $6000 worth of raffle prizes on offer for the 96 golfers.

‘‘The overall event was organised magnificently by the Rotary Club of Shepparton Central.’’

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