A golf basket donated by golfers at Pebble Beach in Queensland has become a symbol of their support for the Australian Paralympic Movement, as the country gears up for the 2018 Rio Olympics.
Key points:The Pebble Beach Golf Club donated the baskets for the 2016 ParalympicsThe baskets have become a national symbol of the ParalympiansMr Coggins, the chair of the Australian Paralysis and Head and Neck Association (APHA), said the donations showed the clubs commitment to the Paralykinesis Mr Coggin said the baskets are “the most important thing we have”, and will help “make the Paralymics the most successful Paralympia ever”.
The APHA had previously donated more than $1 million worth of baskets for Paralympists around the world.
Mr Ciggins said he was delighted to see the donation from the Pebble Beach club come to the attention of the APHA, which has been working closely with the organisation to provide the baskets to local communities for many years.
“I’m really grateful to them for donating the baskets, because they are very special, very special to me and I’m really looking forward to seeing them in the hands of local people,” he said.
The APDA is a registered charity with the Australian Taxation Office, which provides financial assistance to charities.APHA has donated more $4.6 million worth, or 22% of the $5.2 million the organisation has donated to the APBA since its inception in 2011.
Mr Mclachlan said it was “a really, really special moment for all of us”.
“It’s a huge amount of money for the APDA, it’s a big donation from us,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“It means we have a lot of work to do in terms of developing the APADA and the Paralykmensis in Australia.”
Mr Mchlachlan acknowledged the donations would not be the last to be donated by the APWA.
The organisation has recently donated an additional $1.6m worth of equipment to local businesses, including a range of golf balls, and is looking to build up a list of new members.