Glorious sunshine, celebrity players and lots of fun was the order of the day at the 2nd Westpac Halberg Charity Golf Tournament, which teed off in Wellington on Friday 20 April.
The day included a BBQ for all participants and a charity auction, with all money raised going directly to the Halberg Trust. Three Halberg recipients were also invited to join the players on the golf course and get involved in the day.
Amongst the 130 players were some famous faces, including Sir Brian Lochore, who was also guest speaker at the event, sharing stories of his time as an All Black player and coach.
Three Halberg Trust recipients, including Paapu Houpapa, were invited along to spend some time on the course with our players.
“It was the first event like this I have attended so it gave me the opportunity to thank some of the people that have helped me over the years,” explains Paapu. “The support from the Trust enables me to attend a gym swimming programme which helps with a healthy lifestyle.”
Raising money for the Trust
With a goal of raising $15,000, the team were able to top this thanks to some great auction items, including a framed, 2011 signed All Blacks Jersey (which went for $3400) and tickets to next year’s Halberg Awards (which netted $2100). In fact, they ended up raising $20,000 for the Halberg Trust!
"I was really proud of Westpac,” explains Ian Blair, GM Business Banking.
“We had a fantastic afternoon of golf and fundraising which saw almost $20,000 raised for the Halberg Trust. It was great to have some of the kids from the Trust out on the golf course and then listen to Sir Brian Lachore share some great rugby tales. Our staff, customers and friends of the trust all pulled together to ensure a very successful day."
Congratulations to Matt Wenlock (Business Manager) and Alice Honeybone (Business Analyst), who organised the event!