Charity Golf Day approaches

02-Oct-2013 9:55 AM

Corporate golf enthusiasts are preparing to swing into action to help not-for-profit organisation Villa Maria support children with disabilities and their families.

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More than 100 people will lend their support as Ambrose golf players or sponsors in the fifth annual Villa Maria Charity Golf Day at one of Victoria’s premier golf courses, the Southern Golf Club in Keysborough, on Monday, October 21.

Over the past four years more than $260,000 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 golf event looks set to raise $60,000 towards furnishing its 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.

“The rebuilding of our respite house in Croydon was a particularly huge financial undertaking, and we are so pleased to have seen this project become a reality,” Ms Lyons said. “But an empty building, even a purpose-built building such as this, is of limited use without all that makes it a home. And we now have to find the money to furnish and equip the home,” Valerie said. “Support from our corporate friends – such as our Gold Sponsor, multinational imaging and electronics company Ricoh – will go a long way towards creating an improved lifeline for the families who access this service. Our Charity Golf Day is a fun and unique way to help create a brighter future for children with a disability and their families. I’m sure there will be plenty of healthy competition to be had.”

Meagan Gaffney, whose son Ollie has autism and has been visiting the house for two years, says Villa Maria’s respite service has “saved her life”.

When Ollie is in respite, Meagan and her two other sons can have a quiet break and get a proper night’s sleep, which they so desperately need. Meagan admits that without support from Villa Maria, she may be forced to give up care of her son. “The services are a lifeline. I really don’t know how I would cope without them,” Meagan said.

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:

Platinum Sponsor:


Major Sponsors:



m3property strategists

Prowse Quantity Surveyors


Russell Kennedy

Hole Sponsors:

A1 Blinds
Australian Essential Services Maintenance (AESM)
CAM Management Solutions (CAMMS)
Concept Builders
iCare Health
Norden Conversion
Project Planning & Management
Selectus Salary Packaging
Snap Rowville

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

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