Portland District Health’s annual golf event will return on September 9, alongside an online auction that will raise funds for new chairs at Harbourside Lodge.

Portland District Health’s Annual Golf Event & Online Auction returns -September 9.

The golf day and now the inclusion of an online auction have been a staple fund-raiser for PDH for the past decade, with a new formula adopted last year in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

PDH Community Engagement and Fundraising officer Carolyn Malseed said that prior to the pandemic, the golf event would be followed by a dinner and guest speaker but this has now changed.

“Last year we were able to return to hosting the golf event and trialled an online auction,” Ms Malseed said. “Feedback to the format was fantastic and we had considerable savings from not hiring a speaker which meant more money went directly to the local cause.”

“PDH and the community have raised $185,500 from our previous golf events thanks to the kind donations and sponsorship we received.  This money has always been dedicated to upgrading medical equipment within Portland District Health to enhance our services to the community.”

This year the golf event and auction will raise money for new lightweight electric comfort arm chairs at Harbourside Lodge.

The chairs cost about $4000 each and are packed with features that will provide excellent comfort and care for aged care residents and improved safety for staff.

Features include electric function, backrest, seat tilt, electric elevating deluxe leg rest – with fold-out footplate, pressure management MULTICUSH gel seating and air cushion backrest system, lounge-style armrest, auto lay flat function, auto chair function and push handle. The chairs are designed and made in Australia.

PDH is seeking sponsors for the golf event and donations towards the online auction. Anyone able to help can contact 55221182 or communityengagement.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au.

This year the tee off time is 1.30pm, earlier than the previous 2pm, with registration from 12.45pm. The online auction will run from September 5-11.

Golf teams can be booked at www.bookatee.com.au/portland/