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Golf jackpot as Orphan Fund golf day breaks fundraising record

The day also served as the final event organised by Orphan Fund co-ordinator Mpume Vilakazi, who has moved to Johannesburg.

An astounding R152 000 was raised at this year’s North Coast Courier Orphan Fund Golf Day, making it the most successful in the event’s history.

The fundraiser saw a full field of 24 teams fighting it out at Umhlali Country Club for a considerable bounty of sponsored prizes, with two all-female four ball teams grabbing the top spots.

The winning team – Corrine Couzens and Sue Ellis with Orphan Fund co-ordinator Mpume Vilakazi (middle). Les Kalil and Carol Hopf, the other members of the team, were absent for the photograph.

The team comprising Corinne Cozens, Sue Ellis, Les Kalil and Carol Hopf claimed top honours with 94 points last Friday.

Paddi Reich, Glenda Hickman, Natasha Pritchard and Shelley O’Halloran took second place, with Sphelele Luthuli, Xolani Sigasa, Thulani Mchunu and Thabo Zuma finishing third.

Although the motorbike was not won with an ace on the 4th, the teams were able to get a taste of what they were missing. Here Ayanda Iugagu (SMG), Jaco van Niekerk, Steve Young, Julun Maupas and Barry Smith preview the potential win before hitting their shots.
Photo: Wayne Johnstone.

Unfortunately for the golfers, the two hole-in-one prizes – R100 000 on the 18th courtesy of Marshall Security and a BMW motorbike on the 4th from SMG Ballito – both went unclaimed.

Nevertheless, the more important larger goal to raise funds was well supported by all involved, with two auctions contributing R28 000 to the total.

Brett Howell stripes one down the fairway on the first.
Photo: Wayne Johnstone.

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A weekend of driving the brand new BMW iX from SMG Ballito sold for

R19 000, while a 2004 Champions Trophy Protea shirt donated by cricket legend Lance Klusener sold for R9 000.

This aside from everyone who bought mulligans and raffle tickets, the latter of which won four golfers R500 fuel vouchers from Shiptech Ballito and Phil de Sylva winning a beautiful painting donated by Natalie Deeb.

Angus Raw sinks a knee-knocker on the 18th.
Photo: Wayne Johnstone.

“Your willingness to help the Orphan Fund throughout my time has been incredibly touching and it feels great to cap it off with such an amazing event,” she said.

She also thanked title sponsors Marshall Security for donating R25 000, and SMG Ballito for contributing the same amount.

Orphan Fund co-ordinator Mpume Vilakazi (left) with the second placed team comprising Paddi Reich, Glenda Hickman, Natasha Pritchard and Shelley O’Halloran.

Zimbali Lakes hosted a golf clinic on Friday morning and donated R10 000.

Other sponsors include Araujo Attorneys, Zebbies, Volpes, Ooba Home Loans, The Oyster Box, IsiBaya Tatso Restaurant, Hops, Food Fundi, Lupa Osteria, Pappa G’s, Al Pescatore, Manor Liquors, Revive by Adele, Northwood School, Chateau Gateaux, Elle B, House of Golf, Lifestyle Centre, Engen Ballito and Jack Salmon.

Phil de Sylva was excited to win the raffle for the eagle painting which was donated by Natalie Deeb.

The Orphan Fund was set up in 2003 with the purpose of channeling money raised to non-governmental organisations that specialise in caring for orphans and vulnerable children within the newspaper’s circulation area.

The third placed team of Sphelele Luthuli, Xolani Sigasa, Thulani Mchunu and Thabo Zuma with Orphan Fund co-ordinator, Mpume Vilakazi (middle).

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