Katie Rose Hospice CEO John Gabrielson with board chair Carol Raye.
Katie Rose Hospice CEO John Gabrielson with board chair Carol Raye.

Golfers pitch in to boost vital work of hospice

Two community favourites which the COVID-19 pandemic could not drive into submission have really hit it off.

So much so that Katie Rose Cottage Hospice at Doonan and Noosa Springs Golf Resort are set to join forces for a charity golf day inspired by caring for the end life needs of our most vulnerable.

Carol Raye, who chairs the Beddington Rd palliative care centre's board, said there were similarities between Katie Rose and the golf club, in that they had found a ways to deliver what was best for their guests and members during the global health crisis.

Noosa Springs golf course will be in play in a very good way for Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.
Noosa Springs golf course will be in play in a very good way for Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.

"It's been an amazing time for everyone," Ms Raye said.

"I have to say I'm really, very proud of our team and the community support that's been coming in.

"We've worked really hard and we've been able to keep the hospice going right through.

"We've just had our 80th guest recently pass away at the hospice … it proves the service is still needed unfortunately with the world the way it is," she said.

Ms Raye said the idea was to keep going forward with the a lot of help from their friends.

"Noosa Springs residents got together there … a couple of the community have had their family members pass away at the hospice and they decided they could do was use their beautiful golf club," Ms Raye said.

"They formed this little committee together and they're going to have a charity day October 11."

She said the club community and Katie Rose are "a little bit" like kindred spirits.

"People were able to play a little bit of golf and enjoy themselves and have some exercise," Ms Raye said.

Katie Rose Cottage Hospice in Doonan.
Katie Rose Cottage Hospice in Doonan.

"It is such a great facility and the team out there have been wonderful … they're such great supporters of the hospice.

"We're really looking forward to this day."

Now all they need if for golf lovers and supporters to "lock in that day" and help boost the tremendous support given to Katie Rose Cottage by their op shops, including the Maroochydore outlet which is about to double in size thanks to brilliant public patronage.

Noosa Springs resident and chairman of the golf day committee, Simon Gamble, said the club had a fantastic resource.

"So we thought why not use it and have some fun whilst supporting our local hospice," Mr Gamble said.

All funds raised will go towards the fit out Katie Rose's proposed fourth room due for completion in early next year.

There will be lots of prizes to be won on the day. For more information on the event or for sponsorship on the day contact: Simon Gamble email: simongamble1@gmail.com

Carol Raye email: carolr@katierosecottage.org.au


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