A tradie donation

Robert Sparke accepts the donations from Greg West on behalf of the Gloucester Prostate Cancer Support Group. Photo Anne Keen
Robert Sparke accepts the donations from Greg West on behalf of the Gloucester Prostate Cancer Support Group. Photo Anne Keen

Gloucester's tradies celebrated the end of 2020 with a relaxing a day on the fairway while raising funds for Gloucester Prostate Cancer Support Group.

According to event organiser Greg West a group of 35 golfers attended the annual Tradie Golf Day on December 18 at Gloucester Golf Club with several more showing up after the round was over.

"A lot of them use it as their wind up day for the year," Greg explained.

"It's a sign of Gloucester being a supportive community and it's good the building industry can be involved."

It's a tradition that had started long ago but faded away before Greg breathed new life into it about four years ago.

He'd noticed there had been a "change in guard" with the tradies as some of the long standing ones started to retire. It seemed like a good time to bring back an event which not only keeps the tradie community connected but helps support local organisations.

Like many that have gone before him, Greg too is looking to retire in the not-so-distant future but still wants to be a part of the golf day.

"Everyone enjoy it," Greg smiled. "I hope to keep it going."

After the round of golf, everyone gathers in the clubhouse for a drink, a chat and a chance to donation some money. As a group, they decide which organisation to donate the money to.

For 2020, it was all about supporting men affected by cancer.

"The building industry has been touch by it," Greg West said.

It's a story that prostate cancer group member and cancer survivor, Robert Sparke knows all too well.

"Cancer doesn't care, it'll pick anybody," Robert said.

And it can be any type of cancer. That's why, despite having prostate cancer in the name, the Gloucester group is there to help men with any type of cancer diagnoses.

The 2020 Tradie Golf Day raised $410 which the group will use to support men and their families when going through cancer treatment.

For more information about the Gloucester Prostate Cancer Support Group contact president Steve Pennicuik on 0427 059 717, treasurer Robert Sparke on 0410 455 304 or email gloucesterpcsg@gmail.com.

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