Police hand over golf day cheques

DONATION: (Back) Port Augusta Golf Club President Ian Cocks, Port Augusta Police Senior Sergeant Russ Morgan, Senior Community Constable Alex Janiak, Salvation Army Officer in Charge Michael Johnson, Brevet Sergeant Ryan Ettridge, (front) Salvation Army Community Centre Coordinator Tenille French, Police Charity Golf Day Committee member Robyn McPherson and Nerrilda Auxilliary President Vanessa Kirkham.
DONATION: (Back) Port Augusta Golf Club President Ian Cocks, Port Augusta Police Senior Sergeant Russ Morgan, Senior Community Constable Alex Janiak, Salvation Army Officer in Charge Michael Johnson, Brevet Sergeant Ryan Ettridge, (front) Salvation Army Community Centre Coordinator Tenille French, Police Charity Golf Day Committee member Robyn McPherson and Nerrilda Auxilliary President Vanessa Kirkham.

Following months of hard work and a big day on the green, the most anticipated part of the Police Charity Golf Day event has finally arrived – the cheque handover.

Outside the Port Augusta Police station, representatives from Nerrilda/Ramsay Auxiliary and the Salvation Army Port Augusta Corps collected $10,000 each for their organisations. 

Auxiliary President Vanessa Kirkham graciously accepted the cheque.

“It’s a huge boost to our bank balance and it was a great event to be involved in,” Ms Kirkham said.

“It will give us an opportunity to have some more activities in the facilities – events like magicians, music, petting zoos and all those sort of things that really enhance clients well being. It will even also allow us to purchase equipment if that’s needed for individual clients.”

Salvation Army President Michael Johnson described receiving the donation as very exciting. 

“It all goes towards running our community centre and offering services to our broader community. It will help pay for things we need and just to keep the centre doors open,” he explained.

“It really goes to the grass roots of our community and the people who need it the most.”

A total of $24,000 was raised, thanks in part to the generosity of Flinders Power. Facility Manager Kym Maule approached the golf day committee with an offer of $10,000 on behalf of the company.

The left over $4000 went towards a defibrillator for the Port Augusta Golf Club.

“Regardless of how much money we made, we thought it was time to put back into the golf club because they donate all the green fees every year,” Event organiser and Senior Community Constable Alex Janiak said.

“They are one of our major sponsors and they have supported the day for nearly 30 years.”

Constable Janiak said there have been a few heart attacks on the golf course and a defibrillator was well overdue.

He knows first hand how important this piece of equipment can be.

“Back in 2011 I had an old friend that passed away who I had to try and resuscitate. If there had been a defrib on hand at the time then he might still be here, so it’s good to have,” he said.

The Port Augusta Police station is already accepting nominations for next year.

Community organisations are encouraged to apply with a letter to the Police Charity Golf Day Committee.