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Golf event earns an incredible $50,000 for I Am Hope

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While the skies were overcast last Friday, the rain stopped allowing the Stewart Construction Ltd golf tournament fundraiser.

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With 35 teams competing on the St Clair Golf Course, the event including a gala dinner and auction raised an incredible $50,000 for the mental health charity I Am Hope.

I Hope is the Key to Life Charitable Trust, a mental health program in the school, community, and workplace. Their goal is to change the way people in Aotearoa think, act and feel about mental illness and mental wellbeing forever.

The fundraiser was started by Judy Peters of Stewart Construction in 2018, with support from the company’s Managing Director David Grant. The issue of mental health, especially among young people, is close to Jodi’s heart, so the event, which combined his love of golf with fundraising, was perfect.

The golf fundraiser was instantly very popular, with teams being entered by many of the companies Stewart Construction Ltd works with. The Dunedin based construction company has been in business for 55 years, employing around 50 people.

Mike King, comedian and founder of I Am Hope, heard about the fundraiser last year. Decided to come to Dunedin specifically for the event this year and play golf for the day. Mike spoke at the event after golf, and was incredibly moving, funny, and powerful.

The $50,000 raised this year was a huge jump from the more than $2,100 raised last year. This amazing amount was owed to all the sponsors, businesses and individuals who donated, and all the players who make the day so fun and rewarding.

A large portion of the money raised this year was from the pigeon package. Judy had previously considered the idea, but it seemed too difficult. Special thanks to Don Casey from DBC for encouraging the idea this year, and for being a major donor along with Stewart Construction. Eight other companies also jumped in to roll out the $30,000 bathroom package.

And Jodie wanted to spread this amazing deal far beyond the golf course, so he listed it on TradeMe for the wider Dunedin community. One lucky bidder won the auction at $22,717 and their bathroom will be transformed into a great deal and cause.

Next year will be the fifth year for the event, and the team at Stewart’s are looking to make it even bigger!

The winners of the four-person Ambrose Race in 2022 are:

  • First: 49,875 feldspars
  • Second: 53.75 window design
  • Third: 54.125 Deloitte
  • Fourth: 55.25 OEC
  • Fifth: 55.75 Wrens

Special thanks to special guest Mike King, auctioneer Grant McClain of Ray White, Patrick, Annette, and the team from St. Clair Golf Club, Window Design, Carters for lending their BBQ, and Green Island Soccer Club for tents.

Thanks to the main sponsors: Grant Mackenzie from the Otago Daily Times, Shane Smith from On Insurance, Stephen Duff from Stephen Duff Mitsubishi.

Pit Sponsors and Awards: Windows Design, ITM, DBC Building Services, Allied Press, Deloitte, Furniture Paint & Polish, Logic Group, Today’s Building Solutions, TAK Flooring, United Scaffolding, Impact Plumbing, Southern Insulation, Aotea Electric, Tansley Electrical, PlaceMakers, OEC, Stephen Duff Mitsubishi , Aon Insurance, Craig’s Investment Partners, Carters, McCoy Wixon Architecture, Active Electro, The Warehouse Group Business.

Auction sponsors who raised $18,000: Scenic Hotel in Queenstown, Arrowfield Apartments, KJet Queenstown, Highlands Motorsport Park, ITM and Sutherland Timber, Carters, Dan Burns, Ben Smith.

A very special auction this year for the bathroom package raised $22,717.00, and Stewarts Construction would like to thank the following people who have donated to the bathroom package: David Grant from Stewart Construction, Donn Casey from DBC Building Services, Steve Marychurch from MR Decorating, Steve Tizard from OEC, Otago Glass, Design Windows, Wrens, Lighting Direct, Oakleys, Tile Direct.

Stewart Construction would also like to thank all of the companies that helped, the pit sponsors who also donated prizes, and the following companies that also donated prizes and raffles: Patagonian Chocolate, Speights Dunedin, Golf Warehouse Dunedin, Seearco, Klingspor, Jaime’s Hardie, ARA Hardware, Agora Butchery and Deli, IJAB Balustrades, Radcliffe, Outram Butchery, Allans, Ullrich Aluminum, Schlage, Workplace First Aid Training, Resistant Scaffolding Fracturing, Warehouse Group Business, Steel and Pipe, Hettich, Bond, Clinical and Sports Massage, Bunnings, Agora Butchery and Deli, Hafele, Project Structure, Carpentry and Woodworking Supplies, TMR, Total Risk Managers, Paterson Pitts Group, ITI Timspec, Telfer Electrical Otago .

Finally, thanks to the Stewarts team: David Grant, Judy Vee Peters, Sam Brewer, Joe Outridge, Matt and Megan Boivin, Barry Taylor, Sam Hobson, Rachel McDowell, Charlie Wood and Phil Day, for their hard work and dedication.

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