RAY White Surfers Paradise Group’s (RWSP) recent charity golf day at Arundel Hills Country Club has raised almost $20,000 in much needed funds for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.
The day saw a total of $19,752.63 raised which will see integral equipment purchased for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit including KanMed BabyBed’s to facilitate the care of new-born or premature babies.
Steve Pertzel of RWSP who organised the event together with his wife Micki and the RWSP events organising team, said upon making the donation he and the team were given the opportunity to see first-hand the impact this money will make.
“We were fortunate enough to meet a couple who had their baby girl at 28 weeks and she had been in Neonatal Intensive Care for about six weeks,” Mr Pertzel said.
“Equipment like KanMed BabyBed’s are invaluable to a baby at such an early stage in life where they’re so vulnerable and seek a stable environment.
“These beds are specifically made to moderate light and temperature, and are critical for premature babies.
“It was great to see exactly how this money would help families and to know that there will be many more who will benefit.”
Mr Pertzel said the charity golf day was in its second year running and will continue to be an annual event.
“We are so grateful for the support we have received for this truly worthy cause and have been lucky enough to raise almost $37,000 over the last two years,” Mr Pertzel said.
“Equipment like these beds cost $5000 each, so these donations really are vital and we look forward to providing ongoing support to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.”
Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO, Andrew Bell said he commended Steve and Micki Pertzel’s dedication to the cause.
“Steve and Micki have been the driving force behind both of these golf days which came to fruition after they approached the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation to see how they could be of assistance,” Mr Bell said.
“A lot of effort has been put into making sure the golf days are as successful as possible and it’s great to see the hard work has paid off and the money is going to such a worthy cause.”
The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation relies on community support to raise money and deliver public health education, research and improve health care for the Gold Coast region.
The foundation’s main focus is on programs that help relieve poverty and distress caused by illness or disease.
Among the programs are a cancer patient transport service, emergency accommodation service and the Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program.
For more details visit www.gchfoundation.org.au