Funds triumph for golfers in the pink

RESIDENTS, farmers, workers, friends and family turned out at Ratho Farm last weekend to take part in the Sheep Station Cup, the annual golfing competition held to raise money for local charities.

This year more than 200 golfers turned out in teams built around workplaces, major sponsors of the event, farm alliances and families.

Elders Livestock took out the sponsors’ competition, beating Rabobank, while Weasel Plains saw off the all-ladies Mount Vernon team to take home the coveted Sheep Station Cup.

John Ramsey, one of the organisers for the event, said he was pleased with the huge turnout and fantastic donations.

“It was a little different this year, we are raising money for the Bothwell District School Association, as well as the McGrath Foundation, so it was a pink day on the course,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Everyone on the course was wearing their pink shirts and hats, it was a great show.
“We’ve raised about $30,000 from the attendees, which, as well as the turnout, was a big increase on last year.”

Last year the cup raised $28,000 for DonateLife and the Bothwell District School Association.

Funds were raised from entry costs, as well as a silent auction that hosted a raft of donated items, including water pumps, seeds, fertiliser, silage wrap and drench.

There was also accommodation, food, flowers and tools available for auction.

The Bothwell District School Association is a fund contributed to by community members to support the local school, while the McGrath Foundation is one of Australia’s most recognised charities, raising money and awareness to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who provide invaluable support and care to women and men experiencing breast cancer.