A Fundraising Collaboration To Be Tickled Pink Over 

The Sanctuary Cove precinct has over 30,000 reasons to be ‘tickled pink’ after raising over $1,000 a day during October for vital research being conducted at the Gold Coast’s Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University. A remarkable sum of $31,299 was raised throughout the Go Pink month.

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, along with InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove Marine Village and Sanctuary Cove Body Corporate Services hosted a series of pink-themed events and promotions during October to coincide with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Executive General Manager, Paul Sanders from Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club said that many of the events had been a sell out with Members and locals alike, eager to step out to support such a worthy cause.

“The Sanctuary Cove precinct put on a month-long showcase of golf, fitness, fashion, business and social events during October. It kicked off with a Ladies’ Day on 1 October and wrapped up with Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club Member and 2013 US Masters winner Adam Scott generously donating the Titleist driver he used during the 2013 season to be auctioned in the name of charity,” Sanders said. In addition, “It hasn’t just been the events that have been so well supported. Over 400 people dug deep in the raffle that saw over $15,000 in prizes given out. It was an all treats kind of Halloween celebration at the Club when we drew the prizes, with many Members coming along to the public prize draw or stopping by to check if their name was on the winners board up until close of service on 31 October, they were still getting right behind our signature Pink Plate menu specials and ordering our Pink Beverage of the Week.”

With a month full of activities and attractions, Sanders said it was hard to choose their favourite event.

“There have been so many stand outs over the month. Even things like our fitness sessions sold out; we had to move the group yoga to a bigger space to fit everyone in and those who took part in the boxing class – who already attend a good range of our 45 fitness classes a week – found it to be a really challenging but fun workout they’d love to do again. At our beach boot camp and breakfast there was a fabulous family vibe with participants aged between 10 and 65 years all getting up a sweat on the sand,” Country Club Manager Ryan Fishburn explained.

“It was also great to see people not only taking part in things like the Ladies’ Day golf challenge and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tee golf clinic, but enthusiastically getting on board with themed outfits and costumes.”

“If I had to pick one absolute standout it would have been the Splash of Pink Fashion and High Coffee afternoon held earlier in the month. The event sold out and there was such a great energy all afternoon. The ladies who attended loved receiving personal fashion advice and being shown how to incorporate seasonal trends into their own style and we received great feedback about how inclusive the range of models were,” Paul Sanders said.

For organisers, being able to raise funds for a Gold Coast based facility conducting groundbreaking research was another highlight of the month with researchers and representatives attending many of the events over the course of the month.

Nina Kristensen, Development Manager at Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics, expressed gratitude to the Sanctuary Cove precinct and looked forward to continuing the partnership in years to come.

“This inaugural partnership created an opportunity to swing, not only a few golf clubs, but also the doors to our laboratories and showcase our unique approach to finding a cure for breast cancer. We are so grateful to the team at Sanctuary Cove precinct on their fabulous initiatives, and also to the community who generously and wholeheartedly embraced this partnership,” Ms Kristensen said.


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