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Proceeds from this year’s Southern Rural Water’s 30th Rusty Shovel Community Golf Day have been presented to Beyond Blue.

The annual tournament, which involves teeing off with a rusty shovel on the first tee and novelty holes like crazy putters, was held in May.

SRWs Peter Miller and Brett Davis presented the $11,835 cheque to Beyond Blue last week. Brett suggested Beyond Blue as this year’s beneficiary following his own experience with the loss of his son, Rory, 25.

Beyond Blue staff thanked tournament organisers for the donation and Peter and Brett for travelling to Melbourne to make the presentation.

“It was an absolute privilege to hear Brett’s story,” said Fundraising Coordinator Melissa Gillespie. “We are so honoured that he decided to share it with us.”

Beyond Blue noted all the funds go towards ensuring that every phone call, webchat and email to its 24/7 Support Service is answered, providing support and information to people when they need it the most.

“The fundraising will enable almost 250 Australians to access the service, which may have a greater impact than you will ever know,” Melissa noted.

Designed as a networking opportunity to mark the end of the irrigation, the Southern Rural Water golf tournament has raised almost $45,000 for community service organisations since 2010.

The annual event is held at the Maffra Golf Club. A full course of around 80 players enjoyed an 18-hole shotgun start, two-ball Ambrose event as well as raffles and novelty fundraisers run on the day. 

Southern Rural Water would like to thank more than 30 generous sponsors who contributed to the day.

Picture (below): SRW’s Peter Miller and Brett Davis (centre) present the $11,835 cheque to Beyond Blue.