Northern Beaches iconic charity event aiming to reach $3 million in its 30th and final year
Col Crawford Charity Golf Day to tee off for the last time after three decades of helping change the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy
One of Australia’s longest running charity events, the Col Crawford Charity Golf Day, will tee-off for the final time next month as it celebrates 30 years of supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy.
Started by northern beaches car dealer and businessman Col Crawford OAM back in 1983 to support what was then The Spastic Centre (now Cerebral Palsy Alliance), the Col Crawford Charity Golf Day has raised more than $2.8 million since its inception.
This year’s event – which will be the 30th and last Col Crawford Charity Golf Day –aims to raise $200,000 to take the overall fundraising total to a staggering $3 million.
‘When we first teed off back in 1983 we never imagined our charity golf day would grow to become such a highlight on the northern beaches charity calendar, and go on to raise some $3 million for children and adults with cerebral palsy’, Col Crawford OAM said.
‘I am extremely proud of my three children Carol, Stephen and Sharyn who took over the mantle of organising this annual event in recent years.
‘My sincere thanks also go to every single business person and supporter who has so generously and warm-heartedly joined us at the annual Col Crawford Charity Golf Day over the past three decades.
‘The northern beaches business community should be enormously proud of its amazing contribution to supporting thousands of children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families, many of whom live in the local area’, he said.
Money raised at the Col Crawford Charity Golf Day over the last 30 years has enabled Cerebral Palsy Alliance to provide ongoing therapy, equipment and support programs for two generations of children with cerebral palsy.
More recently, it helped re-build the charity’s therapy centre at Allambie Heights after it was ravaged by fire.
Funds raised at this year’s event will provide a much-needed renovation to Grevillea Respite Cottage at Dee Why which is home-away-from-home for many northern beaches children with cerebral palsy. The respite house has been largely untouched since the 1980s and desperately needs a new kitchen, updated bathrooms, new furniture and trimmings and a garden makeover.
‘We would be delighted to be able to renovate Grevillea Respite Cottage in celebration of the 30th anniversary of this wonderful fundraising event’, said Cerebral Palsy Alliance CEO Rob White.
‘The Col Crawford Charity Golf Day has been our longest running fundraising event, with the 30 year record one that will be near impossible to replicate.
‘We are truly indebted to the selfless work of the entire Crawford family over the past three decades and I say thank you on behalf of every single family living with cerebral palsy’, he said.
The Col Crawford Charity Golf Day will be held at Cromer Golf Club on Tuesday 12th November.
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Released on 29 Oct 2013