MOST golf club Captains choose a charity to support during their year in office and many deserving charities have seen millions of pounds raised for them over the years.
But the last year, because of Covid, proved to be very difficult for this to be done with clubhouses shut and competitions, functions and other fund-raising efforts cancelled.
Sale Golf Club Captain Iain Shaw and Lady Captain Christine Johnston decided to support the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)and were delighted to have raised £7,500 during their year in office.
Iain said: “As someone who has played sport all of his life and who has had a lot of contact both teaching and coaching youngsters, I have known personally and coached several young men who have lost their lives to undetected heart issues.
Screening could have identified their problem, and allowed them to address it and it would have saved their lives.
“CRY is doing valuable work to increase awareness and promote screening and it also works to support those who have tragically lost young family members in the prime of their lives.
With many functions etc having to be cancelled our club manager Ben Thompson raised half the money through a ‘100 holes of golf in a day’ challenge which was sponsored by club members, friends and local businesses.
The rest of the money has been contributed to in a variety of raffles and auctions prizes for which have been donated by several other local golf clubs.
Despite the limited opportunities in the Covid season the members at Sale Golf Club rose to the challenge with their terrific support to achieve the significant sum we were able to present to the CRY representative Deborah Dixon.
Finally I would like to thank Lady Captain Christine Johnston, and Ben Thompson for their unstinting effort and support in raising these funds and also to all of the members of Sale Golf Club for their generosity.”