Charity Golf Day a huge success

25-Oct-2013 9:57 AM

A little rain failed to deter a record number of corporate golf enthusiasts from lending their support to the fifth annual Villa Maria Charity Golf Day.

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132 players teed off for a day of Ambrose golf at one of Victoria’s premier golf courses, the Southern Golf Club in Keysborough, on Monday, October 21, raising over $60,000 to help not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria support children with disabilities and their families.

The team from Nationwide Health & Aged Care Services (pictured) won first place honours, with an impressive score of 50.3.  In addition to winning the trophy, each team member received a $200 Rebel Sport gift voucher. The team from Xchanging came in second with a score of 56.7; and leading global risk advisor, Willis Group, took out third place with 56.8.

Players gathered at the 19th hole following an action packed day to enjoy some well-earned drinks and canapés and receive their awards, including ‘Nearest to the Pin’ and ‘Straightest Drive’.  Raffle and door prize winners were also announced, taking home fantastic donated prizes including Microsoft software products valued at $2,500 and a Summer Membership at Southern Golf Club. 

Over the past five years more than $320,000 has been raised through this popular event, resulting in building upgrades at some of Villa Maria’s Children’s Respite Houses, which support children with a disability aged six to 18 and support for their families.

This year, the funds raised will go directly towards furnishing and equipping Villa Maria’s newly-built children’s respite house in Croydon.  Over 25 families regularly access the house; giving them a much needed break and providing a safe, friendly and fun environment for their child.  Thanks to generous support from the community and a significant grant from The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust, Villa Maria was able to raise around $1 million, to see the new house completed in September.  

Villa Maria Chief Executive Officer Valerie Lyons said as a not-for-profit organisation, Villa Maria relied heavily on the generosity of the community to fund its vital services and programs, which support around 5,000 people across Victoria.

“Thanks to support from our corporate friends – such as our Gold Sponsor, multinational imaging and electronics company Ricoh – we now have the money to furnish and equip the home; creating a brighter future for children with a disability and their families.”

If you would like to donate funds to support Villa Maria’s Children’s Respite Services please call (03) 9855 7600.


Interviews and photographs are available upon request. 

Media enquiries: call Cassie Zlonzak on (03) 9855 7729 or 0406 382 560.


Sponsors of the 2013 Villa Maria Charity Golf Day:


Gold Sponsor:


Major Sponsors:

Epicor, Leighton, L.U.Simon Builders, m3property Strategists, PQS, RTG, Russell Kennedy, Telstra

Hole Sponsors:
A1 Blinds, Australian Essential Services Maintenance (AESM), CAM Management Solutions (CAMMS), Concept Builders, Grant Thornton, iCare Health, Norden Conversion, Project, Planning & Management, Selectus Salary Packaging, Snap Rowville, Summit Fleet Leasing and Management, Randstad, Teknocorp, Westpac Institutional Bank, Xchanging.

Donations (Professional Services, Gifts, Prizes): Alleasing, Ambius, Bunnings, Bunzl, Care Marketing, Desmond Plumbing, Gutter Vac Banyule, HESTA, Enviro Aware Pest Control, Im-Press Promotions Burwood, KS Environmental, Microsoft, NAB Health, Spectrol, Southern Golf Club.


About Villa Maria     

Villa Maria is a values–based, not-for-profit organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.

Established in 1907 as the Catholic Braille Writers Association, Villa Maria has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education and senior services with more than 60 programs supporting 5,000 people across the state and southern New South Wales.

Every day of the year, 1,200 staff and 300 volunteers respond to the unique needs of the people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.


Media contact

Cassie Zlonzak
Communications Adviser

Telephone: 03 9837 6629

Fax: 03 9837 6668

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