Event raises close to $11,000 for CF

By Riverine Herald

MORE than 100 golfers descended on Rich River Golf Club Resort on Friday for the Breathe Easy Golf Day.

The event raised almost $11,000, which will support further research into cystic fibrosis (CF).

Since 2015, Breathe Easy has raised almost $127,000 for CF research through events like the golf day.

Organiser Shari Butcher said she was thrilled to see so many golfers from Melbourne and around the region take part on the day.

‘‘We also had a wonderful cohort of ladies’ teams involved this year which was great to see after last year only having one lady play,’’ she said.

‘‘For me it’s fantastic to also be able to spread awareness of CF to our community and reach people we may not otherwise reach.

‘‘Many people were not aware of CF prior to the day and we received just positive feedback for people as to just how great it was and to learn a bit more.’’

Shari said she was overwhelmed by the support from the community, local businesses and major sponsors — Rich River Golf Club Resort, Foodmach, Archies Footwear and Straightline Sports — who made the day possible.

‘‘We raised a staggering $10,796 which beat our 2016 amount of $10,000 and we couldn’t be happier,’’ she said.

‘‘We would love to make this an annual event given the feedback we have received.

‘‘I would like to thank my dad Darren Dean, my brother Jesse Dean and their amazing committee who made the day possible with all their work in the lead up.

‘‘It makes it all worthwhile when you’re out there and see everyone having such a great time, from seasoned golfers to those who never play — but all supporting our main aim to create a future for people living with CF.’’