Hans Christian Andersen said, “Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” This sentiment held true at the annual Menslink Charity Golf Day where, following a typically brisk morning, Canberra’s sunshine was out in full force.
Held at the Federal Golf Club in historic Red Hill, the Golf Day kicked off after lunch for 18 holes of (mostly) friendly competition.
There were plenty of talented sportspeople on the green, but the real stars of the day were the food and beverage packages and post-round canapes.
Whether golfers brought their A game or not, they still had a chance to participate in auctions and enjoy live entertainment in support of local charity Menslink.
As well as jumping into the competition himself on 27 March, Fenway Public House owner and manager Michael Spaseski helped organise the event on behalf of his venue.
“We had a fantastic time at the Golf Day – Fenway is always proud to sponsor Menslink’s work,” Mr Spaseski said.
“It’s a great cause to get involved in, and all the guys and girls on the green knew what they were there for.
“It was very social, and of course the food and drinks were flowing, which as a hospitality business owner is what I love to see.”
Menslink chair Michael Battenally described the organisation as one based on strength, diversity and lasting friendship.
“Menslink is a Canberran charity that has spent the last 21 years working to improve the wellbeing of young guys aged 10 to 25 living in our region,” he said.
“We work with tradies in their early 20s through to kids who are finishing their last year or two of primary school.
“It’s a diverse demographic not only in age, but in cultural and socio-economic background; the guys we work with come from all walks of life.”
Mr Battenally said support from businesses like Fenway is crucial to ensuring events like the Charity Golf Day run smoothly.
“It’s all about a sense of corporate responsibility and giving back to the community,” he said.
“Mr Spaseski and the team at Fenway putting their hand up and recognising the importance of an organisation like us is a pretty powerful thing, and we’re always grateful for their support.
“It takes a significant amount of time, effort and resources to pull in their network, provide some financial support and social support as well to make the day enjoyable for everyone.”
Menslink is probably best known for its mentoring program, which connects young men and boys with older guys who have lived through similar experiences.
Michael says the relationship between mentor and mentee is all about genuine care and understanding.
“We have over 80 volunteers, many of which were once helped by the program themselves,” he explains.
“Young blokes choose who they want to be paired with and the relationship they develop depends on the mentee’s wants and needs, not ours.
“Fundraisers like the Menslink Golf Day allow us to keep fantastic programs like this active.”