Golfers to get into the swing of things for Captain's Charity Day
ONE of the biggest fundraisers for charity in north Kerry gets under way at Ballybunion Golf Club on Sunday with the Captain's Charity Day - an event that has raised hundreds of thousands of euros in more than 20 years existence.
Club captain Sean Kennelly is this week looking forward to welcoming hundreds of players once again to the club's two superb links courses - the Old Course and the Cashen - in a day that is hoped will generate vital funds for some of the most important causes in the region.
"The Captain's Charity Day was set up solely to support local charities and this year I've chosen five vital groups as beneficiaries, the Irish Wheelchair Association, the Kerry Parents' and Friends' Association, the Listowel Hospice, MS Listowel and Pieta House.
"Last year we raised nearly €25,000 on the day and the proceeds were divided equally between the four beneficiaries then, who tell us the money makes a big difference to their operations.
"We're hoping for a similarly generous response this year and already the businesses of the area have been very good to us in sponsoring tees," Sean said.
A limited number of tee times are still available on Old Course (€50 for members and €60 for non-members on Sunday) with more free on the Cashen (€40 flat rate on Sunday).
"All we need now is a fine day to get out and enjoy the links for the day and it will all culminate with a bit of music and refreshments in the clubhouse on Sunday night," Sean said.