Now in its third year, the TravelManagers’ charity golf day was without doubt, it’s most successful yet. The spectacular Mornington Golf Club on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula was again centre stage, showcasing another fantastic event this year with just over $10,000 being raised in support of Samuel and Connie Johnson‘s charity Love Your Sister.
Love Your Sister is a not for profit organisation founded by the Johnson siblings in support of breast cancer research. Connie is 35 years old and has terminal cancer. Driven by Samuel for the love of his sister, he has a goal to raise ten million dollars to support the funding of the Connie Johnson Breast Cancer laboratory at the Garvan Research Foundation and general cancer research.
The TravelManagers charity golf champions! First place winners (left to right) Wolfgang Wicher, PTM Mark Devers, Samuel Johnson (Love Your Sister), George Lowrie, Ben Taplin
TravelManagers’ Kellie Browning, Business Partnership Manager for Victoria has organised the charity event from its inception and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of funds raised at this year’s event.
“The funds raised from the day well and truly exceeded all expectations – our last years’ donation was $4,350 to Cancer Council which we thought was fantastic. To raise over $10,000 this year is simply incredible.”
Personal travel managers, their clients, preferred suppliers and the national partnership office team all participated in the golf day.
“We are so lucky to have such a supportive TravelManagers family and strong relationships with partner suppliers who were happy to support and raise money for a great cause. Unfortunately cancer touches so many lives, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. It was such an amazing day, full of emotion as this event provided a way for everybody to feel that they were able to give something back and also have fun networking with clients, suppliers, colleagues and family and friends.”
Samuel Johnson congratulates second place winners Stewart Edgar, Michael Gazal (NPO), Roger Aldons (Ben Vercoe had to leave before presentation)
The tournament consisted of teams of four playing Ambrose style golf over 18 holes. The golf day was very relaxed and enjoyed by 76 participants – 19 teams of four.
With players mainly from Victoria, there was a national partnership office team and personal travel managers’ golfing enthusiasts Ken Simpson, representative from Caloundra in Queensland and Neil Saunders, representative from Glengowrie in South Australia again took part.
“The TravelManagers golf day is such a highlight and something I genuinely look forward to each year. Playing a good game of golf is appealing but it’s the opportunity to chat to our local industry suppliers and spend quality time with clients in a relaxed and informal setting that I find most enjoyable. Raising significant funds to an extremely worthwhile charity is just the icing on the cake,” says Saunders.
Personal travel managers Carolyn Pitt, Andrea Friend, Naomi Liss and Luky Wilson manning the ‘betting hole’
TravelManagers with the help of Allianz Global Assistance provided egg and bacon breakfast rolls, which were a huge hit especially for the early 9am shotgun starters.
Members from the national partnership office, Victorian based personal travel managers as well as Melanie Whyte from Tasmania spent the day supporting the sponsored holes, driving golf carts selling refreshments and raffle tickets. In addition there was a betting hole on the 10th hole with four to one odds, a swear jar at every drinks station and Chirping Bird Winery again provided wine tasting. All funds raised went directly to the charity.
“For something new this year we included breakfast and lunch into the ticket price and catered refreshment stations on four supplier sponsored holes where players could buy water, soft drink, beer and champagne. This created a great opportunity for suppliers to network with PTMs and their clients and I think the refreshments really helped to improve some players’ game!” says Browning.
A real highlight for many was meeting Samuel Johnson.
“Samuel attended part of the golf day where he spent time mingling with guests and captivated everyone talking about his love for his sister and their charity goals of raising ten million dollars.”
TravelManagers charity golf day, all participants agree it was more rewarding than a hole in one!
Johnson was involved in the prize draws and ironically drew out the name of an extremely deserving winner of the major prize raffle, a trip for two to London courtesy of Royal Brunei.
“Chris Pasin was planning to play in one of the golf teams but unfortunately he had to withdraw as the week before he himself was diagnosed with cancer. Chris, on medication and attached to an IV drip managed to come for a short time, where he had the chance to chat to Samuel. Chris had already left when Samuel pulled out his winning raffle ticket but Samuel was able to relay his story and there simply wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everyone thought Chris was a truly deserving winner,” says Browning.
Although no one won Wild Earth Travel’s 12 night Melanesia Cruise for hitting a hole in one, there was significant support from suppliers providing on the day prizes.
Along with prizes for first and second in the competition, sponsors also provided prizes for raffles and in categories that included nearest the pin, straightest drive and longest drive.
Special thanks go to Garuda Indonesia, Driveaway Holidays, Nexus Holidays, Amadeus, Allianz Global Assistance, APT Luxury Touring & Cruising, Insider Journeys, Lufthansa Group, Sunlover Holidays, Cox and Kings, Short Stays, Collette Tours, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Silversea, Drummond Golf, Fiji Tourism, Chirping Bird Winery, Royal Brunei Airlines, Jetstar Airlines, Parker Travel Collection, Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Hotel, Mornington Golf Club, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Line, On the Go Tours and Wild Earth Travel.
The Globus team getting into the spirit of the day at their sponsored hole
It is well known that business is often done on the golf course and for Michael Gazal, TravelManagers Executive General Manager their annual charity golf day proved no exception.
“We are so grateful to our partner suppliers for their generosity with prizes and also their support of TravelManagers and our personal travel managers. It is these types of events that allow our personal travel managers and clients to spend time with suppliers in a relaxed and informal setting. Without this support, the day would not have been the success it was.”
Browning says planning for the 2018 annual golf event is already well underway.
“We’ve had such fabulous feedback from everyone who attended and we already have people putting their hand up to take part next year. With an increase in participants and the ability to raise significant funds for Love Your Sister made this a really rewarding and a win-win event.”
For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.