The Lift the Lid Charity Golf Day at Kingston Heath Golf Club on Tuesday May 24th 2022 has been a spectacular success for the club, raising more than $36,000 for mental health research through Australian Rotary Health.
120 golfers plus another 50 dinner guests enjoyed a magnificent day, bathed in glorious sunshine, at one of the world's premier golf courses. Kingston Heath was in pristine condition for the day. As well as the rare opportunity to play a round of golf at this world famous course, golfers had the opportunity to win one of three Mercedes-Benz cars, have a shot taken for them on the 14th tee by Australian Long Drive Champion Steffan Scutti and meet celebrity golfer, Australian cricket legend Merv Hughes. For those who were able to come along for the day, this was a day of fun, golf and gourmet food, and a day long to remember.
Club Director Elizabeth Dumonic was honoured with a Companion Award by Australian Rotary Health, presented at the event by the Chairman of Australian Rotary Health Kevin Shadbolt OAM
Congratulations to Elizabeth Dumonic and PP Thelma Hutchison, whose personal drive and thorough commitment to the cause made the event happen. And congratulations to the support team, PP Don Moore, PP Don Heath, PP Robert Hogan, and Tim Gale, whose hard work and expertise in the world of golf was invaluable, and to PE Teresa Liu and PP Richard Blakeman. Great job guys! What you achieved on behalf of the club is quite remarkable.
Organised by the club in collaboration with Australian Rotary Health, the event was made possible through the support of an impressive list of generous sponsors. Our thanks in particular to major sponsors Silver Star Motors Mercedes Benz, Commonwealth Private and Elite Women Real Estate, Luxury Escapes and Vista Corporate Solutions. An impressive array of sponsors provided prizes for the raffle too (please see the honour board below and support our sponsors).
Our evening Gala Dinner event was loads of fun and a fitting celebration. Master of Ceremonies Gregory Ross (Past District Governor, past Chairman of Australian Rotary Health, member of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn and well known television actor) kept the evening moving along. Guest speaker Professor Eoin Killackey spoke powerfully about the important role that funding from Australian Rotary Health has played in kickstarting research projects. MC Greg Ross' interview with Merv Hughes was another highlight of the evening. Merv's wry humour provided insights into the humour, personalities and camaraderie of life in the Australian Cricket Team during his years with the team, first as a player and later as an Australian selector. Merv provided a signed cricket bat which brought $2,000 at the auction conducted by auctioneer extraordinaire Elizabeth Dumonic. Merv also auctioned three signed cricket balls which brought $400 each.
So far the raffle has raised in excess of $6,000, and tickets are still on sale! The raffle will be drawn at Club Changeover on Tuesday June 14th.

To see more photos of the Lift the Lid Charity Golf Day, click on the image below