Late last year BNZ North Harbour made contact with the Wilson Home Trust to moot the idea of running a golf event to raise funds for the Trust. Having had a long standing banking relationship with the BNZ, the Trust was delighted to hear of their desire to assist us in this manner.
“The BNZ Partners network was established to provide more engagement with local communities, and we all felt the Wilson Home Trust was a worthy local recipient for funds raised from the BNZ Charity Golf Day for the wonderful work they do supporting children with physical disabilities and their families. We have a number of staff at BNZ with family members or friends who have benefited directly from The Wilson Home Trust family support services,” said Kapil Patel, Commercial Partner, BNZ.
Despite a bad forecast and some extremely heavy showers, 21 teams teed off at the Huapai Golf Course on March 23 and braved the rain to play the whole 18 holes. Many of the teams were local businesses who have worked with the Trust, or who know of us and the work we do.
With a range of abilities and experience, it proved to be a fun but very competitive afternoon, as teams vied for the chance to “beat the pro”, or win the prize for longest drive or closest to the pin.
And thanks to the generosity of a range of local businesses and individuals, a charity auction was held as part of the dinner and prizegiving. The final donation amount will be published on our website this month www.wilsonhometrust.org.nz and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wilsonhometrust1
And despite the bad weather, both the BNZ North Harbour and the Trust are already talking about next year’s event, with many of the teams also confirming their commitment to return next year.