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Teeing off for a cause

Friday, 9th September, 2011

MEMORIAL: Sherri Kuerschner prepares to get the ball rolling for Sunday’s golf fund raiser with the help of her husband Nick and Les McQuillan. MEMORIAL: Sherri Kuerschner prepares to get the ball rolling for Sunday’s golf fund raiser with the help of her husband Nick and Les McQuillan.

A memorial golf day will be held on Sunday to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and cancer accommodation in Adelaide.

The Club Legion Will Kuerschner Memorial Golf Day will be a four-man Ambrose, beginning at 11am with a shotgun start.

The event at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club will raise money in honour of local youngster Will Kuerschner who died from leukaemia in 2009.

Will’s grandfather and one of the organisers, Les McQuillan, said the money  would also go toward building a village to accommodate cancer patients in Adelaide.

The new building will cost about $9 million to build.

Last year 72 people attended the first memorial golf day and Mr McQuillan said he was hoping for a similar response this weekend.

“In the past the golf day was held to raise money for prostate cancer and breast cancer but after Will died the ex-servicemen and women decided to make it for him,” Mr McQuillan said.

“All this assists people who go away for treatment.”

The Kuerschners spent nearly 12 months in Adelaide when Will had cancer and the  accommodation fees “would have broke them” if it was not for the free units.

“Everyone in Broken Hill knows someone who has (leukaemia) or has a family member who has it. Having free accommodation takes the worry and stress off accommodation-wise,” he said.

On Sunday there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments on the green as well as nibbles during the presentation.

Painter Howard Steer has donated a picture valued at $450 which is being raffled, with the winner drawn on the day.

There is also a $500 voucher for the first hole-in-one on the 16th hole, donated by the Golf Clearance Outlet.

Entry to the competition costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $15 for juniors.

“We hope we have a good roll-up and hope the weather is good. The course is looking brilliant,” Mr McQuillan said.

“The day is open to anyone. You don’t have to know how to play.”

 

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