Staff, vendors and customers of Data#3 raised $12,500 for a children’s charity after swinging into action at Indooroopilly Golf Club in Queensland.
More than 120 golfers of wildly varying standards hooked, sliced, pitched and putted their way around the course in teams of four before reuniting at the 19th hole to swap stories of how well they performed and how much their team mates had let them down.
“A good golfer walks a golf course as the crow flies and covers around 6kms,” Data#3 CEO, John Grant, said. “To put that in perspective, I reckon I must have walked around 25kms.”
IBM, HP, Computer Associates and Microsoft Business Solutions were the major event sponsors.
Prizes — awarded in categories like longest drive and nearest the pin as well as to the eventual winners — included two flights to Sydney courtesy of Qantas, IBM golf packs, Lexmark products and accommodation at the Avillion Hotel in Sydney.
The money raised was donated to the Clinical Virology Research Unit of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. It will be used to help identify cures for asthma-related diseases.
“We support a number of charities but chose this one for the golf day because we felt it was something our customers would have empathy for,” Grant said. “This is the first time in many years we have put together a golf day, because the logistics are huge and the IT industry is obviously constrained at the moment, but we will be doing it again next year.”
Congratulations go to the overall winning team of Laurence Baynham, general manager of technology solutions for Data#3; Ray Brown, of Queensland Police; Kerry Livingstome, of Queensland Investment Corporation; and Channel 7 sports presenter, Pat Welsh.