Royal Melbourne rally to support amputees

The members of one of the nation’s most prestigious clubs have generously responded to assist the Queensland Amputee Golf Association’s preparations for the annual Queensland Amputee Open.

Organiser and President of the Queensland Amputee Golf Association, Ben Tullipan, put out a call for some assistance with prizes and welcome kits for the tournament which traditionally attracts around 50 amputee competitors in a field of over 100 players from around the country and overseas.

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Specifically, Mr Tullipan was in need of around 300 golf balls for the competitors, which is where the members of Royal Melbourne were able to step in.

Through club CEO Paul Rak and member Renny Cunnack, the members donated the golf balls which have been shipped to Tullipan along with a few personal donations for prizes.

Mark Rainey from Performance Golf even chipped in by paying the freight charges.

Mr Tullipan, who is Australia’s worst injured survivor of the 2002 Bali Bombings – losing both legs and receiving over 63% burns to his body along with other injuries – was overwhelmed by the gesture.

Tullipan said the donation will not only assist in the event’s success but new members to the Association will also benefit. He said the Association are always on the lookout for any donated clubs and golf balls that might help their members participate in the game of golf and to start living life again.

The tournament will be played at the RACV Royal Pines and Lakelands courses on the Gold Coast from March 14 – 15. Information about the tournament or the Queensland Amputee Golf Association is available via their website: www.qaga.org.au