In October Edward Richardson met with your Captain, Vice Captain and Competition and Handicap Secretaries. At the meeting Ed explained that it is Get Golfing’s wish to support the coming together of charitable fundraising at each club. Currently, each section raises funds for the Captain’s chosen charity independently of Get Golfing and each of the other sections. The Captain’s have to work tirelessly and without support to raise these funds. While the charities are grateful for the hardwork and endeavours of the respective Captains, the actual sums raised vary considerably year to year.
Ed was proposing that we collectively adopt a different strategy for 2022 where the Club as a whole dedicate its support to one local charity. Get Golfing have hired a designated member of staff who would work with the Captain’s and the chosen charity to promote the following:
- Fundraising within the member and visitors for the local charity.
- Support the charity by creating greater awareness within the club and the local community of the charity’s hardwork.
- Use of club facilities at no cost.
What Get Golfing are bringing to the table is a dedicated member of staff to work with the Club and the charity to ensure they get the most out of the opportunity. In addition to the staff member, the initiative has the full support of the Get Golfing back office with sales and marketing which will further enhance the initiative.
Get Golfing would fund the dedicated member of staff (Yvonne Brooke – [email protected]) and train that member in the specialist field of fund raising. Get Golfing would not be charging a levy for these services. Having looked closely at this change in the structure of fundraising at Club level we believe that the following will take place:
By coming together as a club with the support of Yvonne,
- We believe we can raise more funds for the chosen charity without having to constantly chase members for greater contributions.
- We believe we can enhance the awareness that the charity’s good work.
- We believe that it change the perception of the immediate community and bring us closer together.
- We believe we can help improve the performance of the chosen charity through the support of the club and the use of our facilities.
The Committee have agreed that the charity will be St Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke. St Michael’s rely heavily on charitable donations costing them £5.5m per year to operate with only a 20% funding contribution from outside sources. Having had first hand experience of their services, Ed knows the work they do for the local community it vital and would love to be able to raise some funds for them.