Press Release – Coastguard Northern Region
Coastguard’s North Shore Unit will be going from the deep blue to the golf green for its inaugural Golf Day fundraising drive next Friday 17 February. Media Release
10 February 2012
Coastguard North Shore Tees Off in Fundraising Drive
Coastguard’s North Shore Unit will be going from the deep blue to the golf green for its inaugural Golf Day fundraising drive next Friday 17 February.
Held at the North Shore Golf Course in Albany, the charity tournament will test players’ abilities over 18 holes and a number of novelty holes including the nearest pin, longest drive and a sprint hole.
Coastguard North Shore President, Mark Raubenheimer, says the Golf Day is being held to raise funds to help cover the Unit’s running costs and ongoing maintenance of their rescue vessel North Shore Rescue, which recently underwent a full refit.
“Coastguard volunteers invest hundreds of hours to ensure boaties are kept safe on the water but many Kiwis are unaware of the costs involved in providing this lifesaving service.
“We are very excited to host Coastguard North Shore’s very first Golf Day and we hope it will help us continue to deliver on our promise to the community,” he says.
Following the game, a prize giving ceremony will be held at the clubhouse and players will have a chance to bid on a number of great items in a charity auction.
The auction will be MC’d by New Zealand rugby legend Eric Rush with items up for grabs including a 2 hour experience in an Air New Zealand flight simulator, a game fishing weekend on the NorthBeach boat, a Jerry Clayton BMW for a weekend, a pair of All Blacks Shorts signed by World Cup player Jerome Kaino and a pair of signed Shane Cameron boxing gloves.
Mr Raubenheimer says the unit is just so grateful to the number of sponsors who have come on board and generously provided such fantastic prizes and would like to thank in particular Placemakers, Orcon, Kodak, Precision Automobiles, Sealegs and Browns Bay Markets.
“Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors and their commitment to Coastguard North Shore, we are able host this event and continue our mission of saving lives at sea,” he says.
The Coastguard North Shore unit is one of the busiest units in the country with North Shore Rescue responding to an average of 260 call outs every year.
Event: Coastguard North Shore Golf Day
Venue: North Shore Golf Course, Appleby Road, Albany
Day: Friday 17 February 2012
Time: 11.30am for 12.30pm Shotgun start
Registration: To register your team, email email@example.com
Fees: $400 for a team of four
N.B: Food and drink available with gold coin donation
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About Coastguard Northern Region:
Coastguard is the charity that provides New Zealand’s primary maritime search and rescue service. The organisation operates from a network of four regions and 71 affiliated units, located around the coastline and major lakes of New Zealand. Coastguard Northern Region operates the area from Thames across to the Mokau River and everything north and is based at the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre (AMRC) in Mechanics Bay. Each year the operations room at the AMRC receives over 100,000 VHF marine radio calls.
Coastguard Northern Region however, does more than daring rescues at sea. Generations of dedicated people have established an organisation that provides a wealth of services to every person using our harbours and beaches.
• We provide a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year service.
• Install and maintain VHF radio repeaters throughout the Northern Region to enable mariners to communicate with each other over long distances.
• Install and maintain buoys and beacons to make recreational boating safer.
• Provide a 24 hour continuous weather forecast on marine radio VHF channels 20, 21, 22 and 23.
• Accept trip reports from any vessel able to make radio contact.
• Provide a range of boating education courses to ensure that boaties have a sound knowledge of their boats and the rules of the road at sea.