Golf club fundraisers go off to a tee
Former Lady Captain at St Helen's Bay Golf Club Bernie Furlong clubbed together with her fellow members to pull in an impressive €840 for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit in Wexford General Hospital.
The Our Lady's Island resident, who served as last year's captain, chose this cause in light of the unprecedented loss of her husband to a heart attack in 2013. Through a series of fundraisers and plenty of hard work, she managed to raise some much-needed funds for the unit.
The fundraisers included several raffles, a charity day and a clothing and appliance collection. The latter was the brainchild of Bernie herself, who said that it was a change from simply asking people for money.
'We sent an email to all of our members and asked them to think of us when they were doing their spring clean. We took donations of clothes, shoes, bags, bed clothes and appliances and these were given to a company in Kilkenny who buy them off you. I raised €300 on that,' she explained.
Bernie said she was happy with the amount that was raised and said that it was largely thanks to the help of her fellow members.
'I was hoping to reach €1,000 but was glad with whatever I got. Every little helps, no matter how large or small,' she said.
The donation was greatly appreciated when it was presented to staff at Wexford General Hospital. Janice Stephenson said that on behalf of the ward, she wished to express her thanks to Bernie and all involved in the fundraisers.
'I would like to thank her so much for the money. It was a great donation and much appreciated, particularly with the way that the HSE funding has been curtailed. Last year we bought a treadmill and exercise bike with donated money so we will see what we do with this donation,' she said.
This wasn't Bernie's first time raising money for a good cause. Before her husband's passing, he had expressed a wish to raise money for a local senior citizens group and in his memory, Bernie and her friends decided that it still should go ahead. They raised a total of €1,200, €600 of which went to the senior citizen's group and €600 which went to the Irish Heart Foundation.
This year's chosen charity at St Helen's Bay Golf Club is MarineWatch, as chosen by the new captain.