Full field support for hospice
No less than 136 golfers, a full field, took to the course on Thursday 03 March 2016 at Reading Country Club and with their support and the support of various sponsors, R119 000 was raised in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the response and willingness to participate in our Inaugural Golf Day,” says Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice. Tersia had the honour of hitting the first ball off the tee and thereby declaring the day open.
All funds raised with this effort will now go towards the proposed adding on of a further 505sqms to their existing In-Patient Unit in New Market Park, which will include an adolescent unit. During the prize-giving dinner, a video compiled by SCS Architects on the new building, was shown to the guests.
“The need for hospice services in our communities are growing by the day and where a mere three years ago our In-Patient Unit only existed of three wards, it now has eight wards with a further four to be added,” Tersia explained. The twelve wards will all be housed in the new building and will all feature on-suite bathrooms and sliding doors, allowing patients access to the gardens.
The format for play on the day was a Betterball Stableford and walking away with first prize were Derek Harrison and Brendon Tickle on 52pts. Apart from winning beautiful prizes, the pair were the recipients of the Vicky Bruce Floating Trophy, a trophy dedicated to the memory of Tersia’s late daughter, Vicky. Vicky passed away three years ago and was cared for by a hospice nurse in her last days. Vicky became the inspiration for Tersia to start a hospice facility in Alberton.
Winners of the men longest drive and ladies longest drive each received the Chantel Victor trophy. Chantel passed away at the age of 22 years in the In-Patient Unit and her parents, Belinda and Pieter Victor, dedicated these trophies in her memory.
Caption – First Hit
CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice, Tersia Burger, hitting the first shot and declaring the Inaugural Golf Day open.
Caption – Winners
Winners Brendon Tickle and Derek Harrison, receiving the Vicky Bruce Floating Trophy from the late Vicky's stepdad, Danie Burger, her son Jared Sadie and her mom Tersia Burger. A wonderful moment remembering Vicky and the inspiration she was to the establishment of Alberton's very own hospice facility