HOTELS ‘CHIP IN’ FOR COMMUNITY NEED

In Fundraising by Clyde Mooney

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South Australian pubs have once again led the annual Chip In For Mary Potter charity golf day, raising much-needed funds and awareness for palliative care.

The Mary Potter Foundation is based in the belief that caring for people is both an honour and a privilege. It works to support a range of initiatives, including palliative care – aiming to achieve the best quality of life when cure is no longer an option.

Foundation Patron and chair of the golf day committee is Jenny Hurley, matriarch of the Hurley Hotel Group, alongside husband and industry legend Peter Hurley.

2016 was the fifth year for the Chip In golf day, which this time elected to benefit Keith Community Hospital for the creation of dedicated palliative care rooms. The day saw $106,833 raised, bringing the cumulative total for the event to $482,909.

“Over the past years the golf day has made possible some amazing transformations of palliative care spaces in Adelaide – specifically at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and the Mary Potter Hospice,” said Jenny Hurley.

“This year it was important for us to contribute to the palliative care needs of a regional community, and the Keith Hospital was exceptionally grateful for our support.”

Celebrity guest Pat Kelly from the New York Yankees, and MC Alan Smith

Celebrity guest Pat Kelly from the New York Yankees, and MC Alan Smith

Industry lined up to get behind the cause, notably Hurley Group’s Arkaba Hotel and Martin Palmer’s Palmer Hotel Group.

An impressive field of suppliers lent their support, including brewers Coopers, CUB and West End, and winemakers Wicks Estate Wines, Yalumba and Treasury Wines, and hospitality businesses Coca-Cola Amatil, Big Screen Video, PFD Food Services, Sip ‘n Save, John Reuther Cabinetmakers and Fresh Produce Direct.

Furthering the tradition of the event, sponsors are asked to donate prizes and experiences for ‘sale’ in the silent auctions. Previous years have seen offerings such as a function for up to 20 people at the Arkaba Hotel, donated by the Hurley Group.

The Mary Potter Foundation notes the importance of the opportunity for those in the final weeks and days of life to be close to home and able to stay with loved-ones, and thus the importance of such facilities to communities.

“We feel very privileged and excited to be chosen to receive this funding from The Mary Potter Foundation,” said Janet Allen, chair of the Keith & District Hospital.

 

Watch the video to see an example of the kind of service Mary Potter Hospice provides.

Last Beers from The Mary Potter Foundation on Vimeo.

Jenny Hurley with winners from the day

Jenny Hurley with winners from the day