Coffs swings big and raises $7,500

By Emily Newton, 15 November 2018 , Comments

It was par-tee time earlier this month as local business leaders took a swing at raising funds to support people with disability.

Northcott Coffs Harbour’s popular annual golf fundraiser was held on Friday 2 November at Coffs Harbour Golf Club to a roaring success.

Northcott Area Manager Julie Pell said she was blown away by the day.

“29 teams made up of local business and community members came together for the friendly competition on the green to support people with disability,” she said. 

“It was such a huge day and it has grown so much since last year. It was the biggest attended fundraising event we have done.” 

It wasn’t just the turnout that was stellar, but the fundraising was sensational too with about $3,000 raised at the event’s auction and a further $1,000 raised through raffles. Including ticket sales, about $7,500 was raised in total by the local community. 

This marks a great start for the Coffs Harbour team’s fundraising goal of a ceiling lifter for the local Everyday Life Skills customers, worth upwards of $10,000. 

The ceiling lifter works similar to a hoist and will be a vital piece of equipment for Northcott’s Everyday Life Skills program,” Julie said. 

“Not only do they allow our customers to feel more comfortable when being transferred from one area to another, they also ease customer manual handling for support staff. 

“Half of the Coffs Harbour Everyday Life Skills customers have high level care needs making this equipment essential in delivering the best level of comfort and care.”

While there’s still a bit of a way to go before they reach their ceiling lifter goal, the Coffs Harbour Northcott team feels encouraged by the community and are excited to begin planning the next bigger and better fundraiser.

The fundraiser’s success was only made possible by the local business community embracing the charity day with unprecedented support.

“The support from Hoys Physiotherapy and Car Finders, and the entire local business community is essential in providing key services and equipment for our Coffs Harbour customers,” Julie said.

“The NDIS funds the bulk of services; however Northcott relies on the generosity of the local community to continue to deliver quality innovative services to our customers.”

Northcott has been in operation in Coffs Harbour since 1974.

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