The annual Henzells Pelican Waters Foundation Charity Golf and Long Lunch Classic has proved a huge hit for kids in need, raising a record $30,000 for local not for profit group Smart Pups.
A capacity field lined up for Caloundra’s biggest fundraising event of the year including golf at the Greg Norman designed Pelican Waters course plus long lunch, charity auction and entertainment at The Sebel.
We are extremely grateful for the incredible efforts of the supporters and sponsors who helped make the September 13 Classic the most successful on record.
Each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community and the long-time supportive business network that gets behind the Foundation so we can help those who need it most.
There is so much behind the scenes work which goes staging a fundraiser of this scale, which simply couldn’t be achieved without the tireless work of event-coordinator Sandy Callaghan year after year, so we thank her very much as well.
We would also especially like to express our gratitude to major sponsors Caloundra City Auto and ANZ for their wonderful support, and all the people who took part and donated so generously on auction day.
The Sunshine Coast based Smart Pups organisation trains a range of service dogs including autism dogs, seizure response dogs and multi-purpose assistance dogs to assist young people from the age of three and up with the handling or day-to-day routines and events.
Highly trained in task-specific skills, Smart Pups improve children’s independence, confidence, self-esteem, health, safety, social interaction and quality of life. This unique form of early intervention therapy has a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of children and families, making a positive change that keeps growing for life.
The $30,000 target is the sum needed for Smart Pups to raise, train and place an assistance dog to become a permanent addition to a recipient child’s family.
The Henzells Pelican Waters Foundation Charity Golf and Long Lunch Classic is going from strength to strength with this year’s result breaking the previous record-high of $20,000 raised for Montrose Therapy and Respite Services in 2018, and several totals of $15,000 in preceding years.
In its nine year history, the Foundation has donated in the order of $200,000 to support worthy local charities and families who do not receive government support.