Golfers hit the greens for annual fundraiser in memory of John ‘Chooky’ O’Rourke

130 golfers turned out to raise money for the Mater Hospital at this year’s Chooky’s Day.

FOR over 20 years, Chooky’s Day has been held at the Muree Golf Club in Raymond Terrace as an annual fundraiser.

Held this year on August 27, the annual golf day was started in honour of John ‘Chooky’ O’Rourke, a former Director and Vice President of Muree.

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In 2001, John sadly passed away and his funeral and wake were held at the club.

“At the wake we raffled off four frozen chickens,” Muree Golf Club’s Administration Manager Toni Waander said.

“In turn no one wanted them so we continued to raffle the same over again.

“Eventually we raised $1100, which we donated to the Mater Hospital.

“After such an event we decided to have an annual event in his honour, which has gone on for over 20 years.

“All profits have been donated to the Mater’s oncology support group, who do amazing work in hospice and cancer care areas,” said Toni.

Local businesses such as Terrace Butchery, the Junction Inn Hotel and Lakeside Village Tavern have been proud sponsors of the event over the years.

This year, 130 golfers were in attendance.

“The Chooky’s Day was a great day for Muree Golf Club,” Muree General Manager Brett Holland said.

“The day also engaged the local Raymond Terrace community in raising over $5,000 in valuable funds for the Mater oncology unit in Newcastle,” Brett said.

After 20 years of running Chooky’s annual event, funds raised have totalled over $100,000, with no slowing down in sight.

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