SHAPE QLD tee up 2022 Annual Charity Golf Day

In its 2022 Annual Charity Golf Day, SHAPE QLD and generous sponsors have raised more than $46k for suicide prevention and early intervention organisation MATES in Construction, national youth mental health foundation headspace, and the RSPCA. The proceeds raised will go toward supporting these organisations and the essential work they do.

Held this year on Friday, 8 April at The Brisbane Golf Club, the 18-hole event was attended by more than 130 SHAPIANS, participating subcontractors, volunteers, and charity representatives. The event is part of SHAPE’s commitment to giving back and will contribute towards its ambitious target to raise $550k this financial year.

Along the course, participants competed for a chance to win various prizes, take part in activities, and replenish with food and drink. The biggest prize up for grabs at this year’s event was a $50k cash prize, generously sponsored by Tradelink, for the hole-in-one challenge at Hole 4. With no one hitting the target, a $100 cash voucher was awarded to the golfer who hit closest to the pin.

Other prizes included a $400 Bunnings voucher at Hole 9 for the straightest drive and a $100 voucher at Hole 10 for the longest drive. Participants were treated to cocktails expertly crafted by a mixologist at Hole 3, pina coladas at the Hole 7 Tiki Village, and for those looking to relax and unwind, a massage at Hole 12. Competitors that made the full round were congratulated at the final hole with Sent It Blonde Ales, generously supplied by Black Hops.

Following the 18 holes, attendees were given the chance to win further prizes at the SHAPE QLD Annual Charity Golf Day Raffle, including a signed Jonathan Thurston jersey, donated by Tradelink, and a stay at the luxury JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, donated by JW Marriott, plus more. The event concluded with a live performance by La Boum.

The proceeds raised will go toward supporting:

MATES in Construction

MATES in Construction was established to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. MATES provides suicide prevention through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line.

Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

The MATES program is based on the simple idea that suicide is everyone’s business. If the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and well-being of workers and reduce suicide, then it cannot be left to mental health professionals: everyone in the industry must play their part.

headspace

Founded in 2006, headspace provide mental health services to 12-25-year-olds.

With a focus on early intervention, headspace work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

Each year, headspace help thousands of young people, and their family and friends, access vital support through their headspace services in over 145 communities across Australia, their online and phone counselling services, vocational services, and presence in schools.

In everything they do, headspace aim to meet the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them. That’s why youth reference groups are at the heart of their work, and they play an active role in designing, developing and evaluating our programs.

RSPCA

RSPCA is an independent, community-based charity. RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

They run animal re-homing shelters, investigate and prosecute animal cruelty complaints, and educate the community on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

RSPCA uses peer-reviewed scientific research to inform their policies, positions and campaigns. Their work in animal welfare science includes the RSPCA Knowledgebase, quarterly Science Update, and their annual Animal Welfare Seminar.

Some of the key issues they are currently working on are ending the suffering of millions of layer hens in battery cages, and ending the long-haul live export of sheep from Australia to the Middle East.