Charity golf day raises $120,000 for The Heart Research Institute

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City stockbrokers traded their suits for shorts on Thursday March 12th to take part in the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation Annual Bulls and Bears Charity Golf Day Trophy.

For the fourth year running The Heart Research Institute was a beneficiary of the day. “We are delighted to be involved with the Bulls & Bears Golf Day,” said HRI organiser Libby Stavrinos. “This partnership has played an integral part in developing HRI's events over the past 4 years, and has contributed to a variety of aspects of our research from funding PhD students to purchasing very expensive medical equipment.”

HRI researchers attended to lend a hand with the organising and HRI even fielded its own golf team which included the new Applied Materials Group unit leader Steve Wise.

Held at Pennant Hills Golf Course, players left the city by coach and arrived in time for a BBQ brunch before twenty-five teams battled it out for the trophy and the chance to win some amazing prizes including a 2016 US Masters trip – “the golfer’s dream holiday” in Augusta USA. However it was possibly the 18th hole prize that created the most excitement where players had the chance to win a Maserati Ghibli valued at over $160,000 in the hole-in-one competition.

Other highlights included the oyster and champagne bar on the 1st hole and the “Beat the pro and beat heart disease” competition on the 9th hole where players had the opportunity to win by driving their shot further than the ‘pro’. The 14th hole was also a favourite with players as the location of the Young Henrys Brewery beer keg…enjoyed in heart healthy moderation of course.

Alex Chan, honours student and a member of HRI’s Applied Materials Group was one of the researchers on the course to let golfers know a little bit more about the charity they were supporting. Players teeing off the 14th hole were able to see actual samples of stents and synthetic vascular grafts that Alex had manufactured in the HRI laboratory.

‘It was a great day for me to tell others about the work I do in the lab,’ he said. “I was surprised by the interest from the golfers about the samples I had brought along’ he added.

Following the tournament over one hundred players attended dinner in the clubhouse where the raffle and both live and silent auctions raised further funds for research.

John Milroy, Chairman of the Committee for Bulls and Bears explained why it is such a popular day. “I think that everyone gets a great deal from a day like today. It’s a chance to catch up with colleagues, catch up with friends and clients. A really good, successful social day but with a really meaningful outcome in terms of raising money for some worthy charities” he said.

As well as having a great time players raised $120,000 for The Heart Research Institute - funds that will go towards detecting, preventing and treating heart disease.

 “We at HRI are very grateful for the support of the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation and the Bulls & Bears Committee” said Libby.

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