In August this year, Nelson Tasman Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist & Palliative Care Nurse Educator,…
On a perfect spring day, the community gathered for a remarkable event that not only celebrated the spirit of camaraderie but also demonstrated unwavering support for a vital cause. The annual Keir Wilkinson Memorial Golf Tournament 2023 held at a full field of 37 teams comprising 148 players, painted a vivid picture of unity and generosity as it raised much-needed funds for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. This year’s edition was nothing short of extraordinary, with over 30 different sponsors joining forces to make it possible, alongside the resounding success of a charity auction.
The tournament’s competitive aspect was fierce, but the real victory lay in the collective effort to make a difference. Kiwi Journeys emerged triumphant, securing the top spot with an astounding score of 97 points. The Car Company team closely followed in second place with 93 points, while Summit Stoke showcased their skills to secure the third spot with 92 points. These outstanding performances were not only a testament to the players’ dedication but also their commitment to the hospice’s mission.
However, the real champions of the day were the community members, sponsors, and volunteers who came together to raise a staggering $56,127 for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. This substantial contribution shows the event’s importance in bridging the annual shortfall of approximately $3.5 million, enabling the hospice to provide free services throughout the community.
“The Keir Wilkinson Memorial Golf Tournament has become a cornerstone of the fundraising calendar for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. It’s not just about the funds; it’s about the unity, spirit, and compassion displayed by all involved. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Glyn Delany and the organising committee, Summit, Keir Wilkinson’s family and friends, and all the businesses that supported this event. Without your unwavering support, the hospice’s crucial work would be significantly compromised” says Donna Ching-Tregidga from the Nelson Tasman Hospice.
The tournament was a resounding success, highlighting the community’s ability to come together for a common cause. The Keir Wilkinson Memorial Golf Tournament has once again proven that compassion and generosity know no bounds and we look forward to seeing what next year can bring.