Local youth to benefit from helicopter golf ball drop


Last Sunday’s helicopter golf ball drop was a resounding success, raising over $4,000 for Woolgoolga Rotary’s programs for our local young people.

Almost 1,000 golf balls were dropped from the helicopter towards the target with great precision.  The closest five numbered balls won fantastic prizes.

First was Helena Aldridge, who is looking forward to taking five friends on the houseboat of the Clarence for a weekend, courtesy of G2Y Houseboats.  When Helena bought the ticket at her Coffs Harbour Quilting and Needlework group, she had said “Don’t bother selling any others; I’ll win.”  And she did – but, amazingly, it was not the first time:  years ago, she had said the same thing when buying tickets to win a Pro Hart painting, which she did!

Second closest was Gillian Sward, who won a night’s accommodation at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort, plus two flights with Precision Helicopters over Coffs Harbour.  Gill was delighted, and added that it was bit ironic that she won the flights, having a fear of heights!

Third closest to the pin was John Finlay who scored a weekend at Big 4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park in a deluxe spa villa.  John had played in the Ambrose earlier in the day.  Fourth prize winner Rex Buckley won a family pass to Dolphin Marine Magic, Coffs Harbour, while 5th prize, a Precision helicopter flight over Coffs Harbour, went to Jane Wiebenga.

The Ambrose tournament winners also won prizes generously donated by sponsors.  The overall winner was Rod Mackenzie and team.  Runner up was Glenda Kennedy and team, who were also nearest the pin on the 4th and 7th holes. . Nearest to pin at the 9th hole was Col Cafferky and team.  Further prizes were won in a raffle run on the day.

Rotary is very grateful to the Woolgoolga Returned Services Golf Club, Safety Beach and to the sponsors, including those providing all the Ambrose and raffle prizes:  Woodsey’s Bicycle Shop, Woolgoolga Health Club, C.ex, Woolgoolga Jewellers, Woolworths, Park Avenue, Big W, Park Beach Plaza, United Service Station, Woolgoolga, Terry Perfrement, Woolgoolga Returned Services Golf Club, Safety Beach, Allan Casey, Fishermans’ Co-Operative, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga Post Office, nab Woolgoolga, Amcal Pharmacy, Woopi Doo, Woolgoolga Quality Meat Mart, NRMA, Emerald Beach Pizza and Pasta, Rustic Mezedes, Buds Nursery. (Apologies to last 3 omitted from Advertiser article.).