PHOTOS: Teeing off to bring an oncologist to Charleville
GOLF: Oncologists are one thing Gary Cooper says the bush needs more of, and that is what drives him to organise the Charleville Charity Golf Day every year.
Charleville Golf Club hosted the charity day at the weekend, with all proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation - a tick over $5000 worth to be exact.
Cooper, who lost his wife to cancer two years ago, said it was an honour to run the golf day and be part of such a generous group of people.
"Everyone is struggling out here and yet they've got such big hearts that they will donate to a good cause - it's just incredible," he said.
"The greens on the course were in remarkable condition, they do a fantastic job of keeping that club alive."
A total of 19 teams entered the tournament with a field of 54 golfers, including players from Kilcoy.
Cooper said it was a successful day but the main thing to take home was to bring more health services out west.
"Cancer is not something that you should take lightly," Cooper said.
"The more we can do about it, the better it is for everybody.
"Charleville doesn't have an oncology nurse and to put that in perspective for you, when my late wife had chemotherapy we would have to drive to Brisbane every 10 days for three months.
"We need oncologists in the bush, so with enough people putting some money in surely it will help."
Donations on the day included $500 worth of vouchers generously donated by Western Rural, DJ's Produce, Town Talk, Better Home Service Centre, Home Hardware, Mitre 10, Mulga Tools, Elders and Charleville Pharmacy.
Margaret Whitehead donated $1000 to the cause with help from other community members in doing cash for cans.
Charleville Golf Club president Clifford Jones put a further $850 towards the cause from all the tournament nomination fees.
Elders, ANZ Bank, State of Origin and the Bottle Tree Motel Roma donated prizes.
Cooper thanked everyone involved.
"It was great to see everyone enjoyed themselves, that's the whole idea of it, while also contributing to a good cause," Cooper said.
"Sincere thanks to all the business houses and everybody who supported the day, especially Clifford Jones for letting us host the day at the club and all the players that supported it."
First: Damon Moody, Cameron Adcock, Geoff Spencer
Second: Teeghan Rogers, Heidi Rogers, Eileen Lindsay
Third: Ashton Peterson, Daniel Bruce, Luke Short
Fourth: Garry Wade, Lyle Kinivan, Clifford Thompson.