Event management students tasked with organising TAFE Illawarra's sixth annual corporate golf day have raised the bar so high the gold sponsorship has taken off in 2014.
The September 5 event is a practical learning experience for the TAFE students, who have formed a company called [event]ure to organise and run the day at The Links Shell Cove.
And this week's launch saw them looking skyward as International Publishing Group chief executive Philip Greader flew in via helicopter to announce his decision to support his daughter Fiona Greader and her fellow students.
Mr Greader has donated a 45-minute return-flight helicopter experience to the Hunter Valley to dine at Molines Bistro as a prize for the day and will be back to celebrate with the winner in five weeks.
The students are now calling for teams of four players to register and have a chance to win a Ford Kuga, put up by Volcan Ford Wollongong, as a hole-in-one prize on the day.
Printmedia director Johnny Petrovic has signed on for his sixth year as a gold sponsor and has designed and printed brochures and advertising material for the day.
IMB and the University of Wollongong are back as platinum sponsors.
The students have launched a Facebook page at facebook.com/Eventure2014 to keep teams updated and that is also where tickets are available.
The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation is to receive the proceeds of the 2014 event.
The foundation was established last year to help curb the kind of alcohol-fuelled violence that robbed Thomas Kelly of his life in 2012.
His mother, Kathryn Kelly, attended the golf day launch and said it was great the young people organising the event were helping raise awareness of the foundation.
For further information, see thomaskelly youthfoundation.org.au.
TAFE Illawarra event management teacher Georgina Davies said the success of the launch at The Links Shell Cove for the 2014 golf day was a real credit to the students.
They had already put in an enormous effort to ensure every aspect of the event was a success.
Organising the golf day gave the students practical training that would serve them well when they finished their course and started heading into the event industry, she said.