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Rainbow Living has been selected as the Charity of the Year by the 2018/19 Golf Captains, Pete Bennett and Ali Crooks.
The ‘Drive-In’ for Pete and Ali as the new Golf Captains for Exeter Golf and Country Club took place on Sunday 25th November, with their tee-off and lunch marking the start of their year heading up the men’s and ladies’ golf sections.
The captains have selected a Devon based charity to support with fundraising this year.
Rainbow Living is a volunteer-run charity which supports adults with disabilities, mainly learning disability, by providing accommodation to enable tenants to live with their peers as independently as possible in supported living. They have three Rainbow Houses in Devon, two in Exeter and one in Torquay, and are now working towards Rainbow House Four.
Over the next 12 months Exeter Golf and Country Club is aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity. Fundraising has already commenced with the Golf Dinner and Dance event raising £1,000, and many more fundraising events are planned throughout the year, including raffles, auctions and coffee mornings.
Exeter Golf and Country Club has a long history of supporting charities through the Golf Captains’ Charity of the Year initiative; Rainbow Living was chosen for many reasons, but key in the decision was the charity’s strong links to working in Exeter and supporting young local adults with learning and other disabilities.
Men’s Golf Captain, Pete Bennett said: “I am delighted that we will be supporting Rainbow Living as our chosen charity over the next 12 months. The people who run the charity are all volunteers and they work so hard to give opportunities to young adults with additional needs which wouldn’t otherwise be available to them. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the charity to raise vital funds which will go towards a fourth Rainbow House, and which we know will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of many.”
Rainbow Living’s Treasurer Ruth Airdrie, MBE, said: “We are so excited about this partnership and cannot thank the club enough for choosing to support us. We are aiming to raise £50,000 in local fundraising and being the Club’s Charity of the Year will be significant in helping us to achieve this.”
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