The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was the winner

Golf day a winner as fundraising efforts reach big heights

There might have been a few less golfers hitting the greens but there was a staggering increase in donations for the annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraiser. 

The Tenterfield Golf Club played host to 117 generous golfers last Thursday for the annual event which raised a whopping $26,500 to be donated to the chopper. 

Organiser John Landers said it was the most they have raised in the history of the fundraiser. 

"We have been having it seven or eight years," he said. 

"We have never raised that much before, the most was $24,000 or something.

"That is the biggest golf day we have ever run.

We make more money per rate of population than anywhere else in NSW.

John Landers

"Only 117 golfers, we generally have 140 to 150 but they were very generous golfers."

Landers said there was one individual who was responsible for a large chunk of the donations. 

"I would like to say a big thank you to Michael Towns for his big effort he puts in every year," he said. 

"He had $14,000 sponsorship before we even hit off.

"He buys all the meat and sausages and just pays for them out of his own money just so that we can make some money. One of his workers had an accident a few years ago and he has been behind the Westpac Rescue Helicopter ever since.

"All my volunteers have done a wonderful job too." 

The fundraising efforts for the chopper are tireless and Landers said the town punches above its weight in terms of donations. 

"Tenterfield is 3,500 people. When you work it out per person it is probably $10 per person in Tenterfield," he said

"We have got a really good support group.

"We make more money per rate of population than anywhere else in NSW." 

The golf day isn't the last fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a rugby union event planned for March 23. Premiership winners from the Far North Coast and New England competitions will face off across different grades. The day will start with women's sevens, third grade through to first grade.