Teeing Off for Success

A team of hard-working Youth Inc students were the driving force behind a resoundingly-successful Golf Day staged recently at Glenelg Golf Club.

Youth Inc partnerships manager Ben Trewren describes the Golf Day as an epic success thanks to students’ enthusiasm and teamwork.

The day included 120 players in 30 teams with guests including supporters from Adelaide’s finest supermarkets’ network and others who wanted to learn more about Youth Inc.

A team of five students worked for 10 hours a week for 8 weeks to organise all aspects of the event. With guidance from Ben Trewren, they carried out all the pre-planning and organised registration, breakfast, coffee, lunch (with guest speaker Crows legend Mark Bickley) and other activities on the day.

The student team included Ryan, 18, who was the marketing leader and designed many of the signs, name tag and booklets. Alex, 25, was responsible for the clubhouse happenings and organised breakfast and lunch. Sarah, 18, and Jess, 19, worked together to run the on-course activities and organise prizes. Tayla, 19, was the Golf Day reporter who took photos, interviewed people and posted social media updates.

Ben Trewren says it was anything but a run-of-the-mill corporate golf day. “It wasn’t a fundraiser, it was more than that,” he says.

“It was inspiring and allowed the students to have a real sense of purpose and responsibility. They all worked at their top level of effort, showed resilience, learnt a lot along the way and there was this fantastic sense of accomplishment and achievement. It was a colossal success, even better than I expected it to be,” Ben says.

He says it was satisfying observing the guests and players interacting with the students on the day.

“It made me smile seeing the students feeling comfortable and relaxed connecting with people. That was actually pretty emotional for me,” he says. “And better still, none of them were looking at their phones!”

The Golf Day also meant a great deal to Youth Inc chairman and Adelaide’s finest supermarkets director Spero Chapley who founded Youth Inc about 12 years ago.

“How lucky are we, so many NFPs have a good chairperson but we are so lucky our chairperson is absolutely the heart and soul of what we do,” Ben Trewren says.

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this program get in contact through: youthinc.org.au

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