Golf day raises money for specialist school

The VMCH Charity Golf Day has helped raise money for our specialist school, St Paul’s College, and its new campus, in Balwyn.

The 70 golfers could not have asked for better weather when they hit the course for an Ambrose Tournament at Green Acres Golf Club, in Kew, recently. Everyone looked like they had a fantastic morning when they returned to the club rooms for lunch and the announcement of the winner of the annual trophy.

Congratulations to this year’s winning team from Norden Conversions (pictured). The company has been a long-time supporter of the fundraising event and it was wonderful to see them take home the trophy for the first time.

The VMCH Charity Golf Day marks the last major event to contribute to the Donate to Create Appeal which has received enormous support from the community. We are amazed that through appeals, donations and generous bequests it has raised $216,800 for St Paul’s College.

VMCH’s new Board of Directors Chairman Julien O’Connell also came along to the lunch to thank supporters of the golf day and St Paul’s College.

“I am delighted to be here today to tell you how much we at VMCH appreciate the support you have given us,” he said.

“The funding that we receive from government and other grants never meet our aspirations and desire to improve the life of those that we support. That’s why your support is so important to us.”

This year’s major sponsors of the VMCH Charity Golf Day were: Cura Health, RTG, Australian Essential Services Maintenance, Catholic Church Insurance, Choices Flooring (Bulleen & Niddrie), VIA Architects, Gemcan Constructions, Norden Conversions and PQS.

St Paul’s College Principal, Tim Hemphill, also came along to the lunch and shared news about how the school community was enjoying life at their new Balwyn campus.

“From me and the whole team back at Balwyn, I want to say thank you for your support today. All money raised helps us build amazing resources, equipment and technology,” he said.

Tim described the new campus as a “truly amazing space” and said the whole school community was in awe of their new campus.

“St Paul’s is an educational environment that welcomes all students and makes it work. Whether it is developing independent living skills, having the opportunity to make the most of life or prepare for supported accommodation, St Paul’s has the means to achieve this for every one of our students.”

VMCH would like to thank everyone who has donated to this cause. Whether big or small – all donations have made an important contribution to this unique and innovative school.