The long-standing tradition continues

Raising money is par for the course for the annual Port Augusta Police Charity Golf Day and this year was no exception.

With just over $14,000 raised for the Dusty Feet Mob and the Port Augusta Army Cadets, the day was a hole in one. 

Port Augusta Police Senior Community Constable and event organiser Alex Janiak was blown away by the generosity of the community.

“In terms of donations we couldn’t ask for much more, the community have always been generous in their donations and this year is no exception,” he said. 

“It’s great because we are one of the very few that 100 per cent of our takings go towards charity, after all the bills have been paid of course.”

Held for over 30 years, the Police Charity Golf Day is the longest running police day in the state and is one of the most anticipated events on Port Augusta's community calendar – evident by the 106 people who turned out.

“It all started because there was a need for someone to go out and look after these charities, but it also helps break down barriers within the community and between the community and police,” Mr Janiak said.

“It (Golf) is a universal sport and you don’t have to be good at it to have fun, basically everybody has a good day and they get a good walk.”

Ron Wilhelm of the Port Augusta Army Cadets said the money will be used to fund weekend activities and they are also looking into buying a drone.

“We might have a simulation where there’s something they (cadets) need to find, so they can just fly the drones over, point out where it is on the screen, translate that to the map and then go and get it,” he said.

“It enhances a whole heap of skills that the cadets can use while they embrace new technology.”

Mr Wilhelm was overwhelmed with the amount of money raised on the day, saying that it exceeded his expectations.

“This is two to three years worth of funding that we would otherwise have to raise somehow or charge the parents of cadets, so now they can all attend at no cost and that’s great,” he said.

“Who knows, it might spark a career or get them more involved in school – there’s a whole heap of stuff we can do and I just can’t thank the business community enough, or the Port Augusta Police.”