The annual Fallen Friends South Coast Hospice fundraiser was held at Buccaneers Pub and Grill on Saturday.
Well over 150 people attended the event, which included a doubles pool competition that featured John Crammon and Eben van Eeden against Brian French and Craig Kegel.
After a hard-fought game, French and Kegel were victorious.
A raffle and auction were also held and were both generously supported.
First Prize: Leisure Centre voucher for a midweek accommodation – Phillip Hampton
Second Prize: Weekend Spa sponsored by Ingwe Manor – Diane Van Dyk
Third Prize: Webber Braai sponsored by Cupboard Value – David Johnstone
One year Haircut voucher sponsored by Head Office – Helen Gaukrodger
Meal Voucher for 2 sponsored by The Pack Shed – Victoria Clancy
Autoglaze Voucher – Derrick Ridgeway
Wine Vat Bar made and stocked by Neville Tutton – Vaughan Geldenhuys
To end off the highly enjoyable event, a cheque of R101 000 was presented to South Coast Hospice.
Diane van Dyk, CEO of South Coast Hospice, said, “Thanks to the lads of Fallen Friends for their ongoing support, even during the difficult times. They stood by us and supported us and showed their appreciation of what South Coast Hospice does in our community through their annual fund-raising event Fallen Friends.
“They have done this fundraiser for five years. The lads have become an extension to the Hospice family and team, which helps to make a difference in the daily lives of patients on their journey with terminal illness.
“May your shining light continue to glow for years to come. To all the sponsors who helped to get this money together, may you be blessed for helping Fallen Friends to bless others through South Coast Hospice.”
South Coast Hospice fund-raising co-ordinator BT King commented, “What can a person say about these men from the pub, lovingly known and referred by us as “The lads”? They have the biggest hearts that I have ever experienced.
“They come across as hardened business men, yet when it comes to their pockets and their energy, they seem to be never-ending in their generosity to help people suffering with terminal illness. This is the result of having lost friends who have been cared for by the staff of South Coast Hospice.
“They receive unconditional love and acceptance for who they are, and what their passion is, playing pool and enjoying their own brand of ‘Vintage.’ They creep into your heart in such a way, that they have formed part of our Hospice family, and when they hurt, we hurt, and when they celebrate life, we celebrate with them.
“We invade their space in the pool room and bar, yet we are welcomed with open arms like long lost family. We all have special endearing names for each other, the one I love is ‘Flower’ by which I am known.
“I have worked with them for five years now, and this is the first time that I have been part of the committee. This is a half hour of ‘serious’ talk, yet keeping one eye on the pool table at all times.
“A big thank you to Buccaneers Pub and Grill for the use of their premises and their donation of prize vouchers for the pool competition.”
The Fallen Friends committee of Richard Phillips, Neville Tutton, Helen Gaukrodger, Mike Horton, John Buckley, Vaughan Geldenhuys and Craig Hutchinson extended a special thank you to the generous sponsors and donors:
Ring O’ Print
Gay Ridge Poultry Farm
East Coast Realtor
Buccaneer’s Pub and Grill
Head Office Hair, Nail and Beauty
The Pack Shed Restaurant
Dorothy from “DJs Studio”
Global Packaging (Pretoria)
Flexotheme Plastics (Durban)
Barry, Botha Breytenbach