Teeing off for worthy cause

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Charlestown Golf Club will host a fourth annual Connect Ability & Reach Homeless Services Golf Day that is set to achieve more things than just a hit and giggle.  

The organisation empowers people to achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations by providing disability services and aged care support, while aiding people in the community to learn living skills, gain work through volunteering, and develop relationships.

“This is a day where our sponsors can go out and have a great time,” Connect Ability Executive Officer Margaret Taylor said.

“If it wasn’t for the partnerships we’ve formed with our corporates, it would make things really tough.

“Their generosity is vital to us.”

Funds raised on the golf day will go toward support systems for people living with a disability in the Hunter. 

The organisation was founded in 1992 by a group of community members and families to meet the needs of people with significant disabilities, providing opportunities to access community-based resources, facilities and services.

In 2015, a merger with Jesmond Connected Communities was completed to provide a broad range of personalised supports to older members of the community.

“The growth of our business has been phenomenal. We’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives,” added Taylor.

Anthony Green, from DABS Plumbing, has been practicing for the event for weeks and, although he admits he’s struggled with the rules of golf, he knows it’s all for a good cause. 

“I just don’t want to lose too many balls. But really, it’s just a pleasure to be associated with Connect Ability.

“When I go to jobs, I can see the results and see close hand how much their clients benefit from their help.”