Bowlers will join golfers this year in the Ararat Hospital Charity Golf and Bowls Day, with golfers having the opportunity to win a car if they achieve that elusive hole-in-one.
In addition to the three person Ambrose event, an open triples bowls event has been added to the charity fundraiser to increase participation.
Kings Cars and ACE Radio have again come on board as major sponsors of the annual event, joined by new major sponsor Brian Thomas Electrical, with many other businesses offering sponsorship and raffle prizes.
This year’s event, which will be held on Sunday October 15 at Chalambar Golf Club, is raising funds for an AccuVein Vein Finder for East Grampians Health Service.
This equipment is used to locate veins on patients by displaying a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin, and will be used mainly in the Urgent Care Centre and Oncology Department.
Nurse Unit Manager Lorine Paterson said this piece of equipment is vital for clinical staff.
“It allows clinicians to easily find veins on patients, which can sometimes be difficult, particularly in cancer patients and the elderly,” Ms Paterson said.
Michael Smith from Kings Cars encouraged golfers from across the region to enter a team and help raise money for East Grampians Health Service.
“We are pleased to once again partner with the health service as a major sponsor of the Ararat Hospital Charity Golf day,” Mr Smith said.
“It is important for us as a business to show our support for organisations such as East Grampians Health Service.
“We’d also love to see the car won – a hole-in-one might be elusive, but it’s not impossible!”
Brian Thomas from Brian Thomas Electrical also encouraged the region’s keen bowlers to enter a team in the newly included bowls event.
“As a business we are thrilled to come on board as a major sponsor of the event,” Mr Thomas said.
“East Grampians Health Service is a vital part of the community and we are pleased to show our support.”
Entry for the three person Ambrose event is $90 per team and for the three person open triples bowls event it is $45 per team. Entry includes a barbecue lunch, afternoon tea and a free raffle ticket.
Entry forms are available from Chalambar Golf Club and entries close on Monday October 9.
The golf will hit off with a shotgun start at 11.30am, with registration from 11am, while the bowls will start at 12 noon, with registration from 11.15am.