A record amount of funds was raised at the Cambridge Lifeskills golf tournament on March 21, as 128 golfers across 32 teams competed in the Twilight Ambrose Golf Tournament at the Cambridge Golf Club, traversing nine holes sponsored by local businesses.
They gathered in the clubrooms afterwards for a fundraising auction, where winners’ prizes, raffles and auction items were all generously donated by local businesses. It meant a whopping $14,000 was raised for Cambridge Lifeskills, a not-for-profit agency which offers free counselling, support and encouragement for children and young people in Cambridge.
“The generosity of the community has just been amazing,” said Sandy Wesford, manager of Lifeskills. “This is going to mean hundreds of counselling hours, probably just over 300 counselling sessions, and that’s going to make such a big difference for so many children.
The donation comes as perfect timing, with Cambridge Lifeskills currently having the largest ever number of children on their books, 60, cared for by nine counsellors.
The Cambridge Lifeskills golf tournament has run for five years, originally the brain child of local good-sort and designer Karen May. Yvonne Scown, lovingly referred to as the “fundraiser extraordinaire”, has become an instrumental part of organising the event over the last couple of years, rallying dozens of businesses to get behind it. Cambridge Golf Club were also actively involved “on the ground” – or course – organising and running the tournament itself.