The fundraising push begins!
You may have seen this email in your inbox recently! If not - have a look and we'd love for you to get involved to help The First Tee. We've already had a few people sign up for The Greatest Birdie Challenge In The History Of Birdie Challenges and our aim is to have 200 people up for this December challenge
Friends of puregolf2010,
Jamie & Michael here, the two Kiwi adventurers playing a game of golf every day in 2010 - around the world - to raise money for and awareness of The First Tee of New Zealand. (See www.puregolf2010.com if you need to jog your memory).
You've all been part of our odyssey in one way or another. So first up, we want to thank you for your support - 2010's been an incredible year for us. Busy, but incredible.
Today we played our 315th consecutive round of golf! Seems like a lot right enough. Since 1 January 2010 we've travelled through Nu Zillin, Aussie, the US of A, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and, now Dubai - each day hauling the sticks out of the car boot and opening a new chapter in this whirlwind journey. We're here in the UAE for 6 more days and in just a few weeks - after another spell in that big desert known as 'Straya - we'll be back on home soil. (Gasp).
That's right, the last 31 days of puregolf2010 will be spent travelling around New Zealand, where the courses are short (except Kidnappers) and the trees very much in play. Throughout December we're hoping to cause something of a stir in our little country, and to raise a huge pile of cash for our friends at The First Tee. $75,000 is the target; right now we're nudging 20.
Here's how you can help us get there:
- Sign up for The Greatest Birdie Challenge In The History of Birdie Challenges (details below). This will be fun.
- If you inhabit one of the islands that comprise Nu Zillin, come along to one of the events we're putting on. There's 7, and they're spread right across the country, so you have no excuses. They'll be great banter too, we promise. At each we'll be sharing a few tales of our adventures, and more importantly there'll be food, prizes, auctions etc. (Again, details below)
- Those who'd prefer to drop a lump sum of dollars into The First Tee kitty can do so too. In fact we very much encourage this kind of philanthropy. Make your pledge on the Donate Now tab above and join the illustrious list of generous humans that have helped us out to date.
Friends, we've dug pretty deep to get to where we are now, and we'd love for you to do the same. puregolf2010 to date has been a story of human kindness, of the generosity of the human spirit. Let's build on that and get together to support The First Tee. I know of a few youngsters who would be grateful of your help. Open their eyes to the world of golf and to all the possibilities it holds. At the start of the year we had an audacious idea but no grasp of where it might take us - through the blog you might have seen just how eye opening the journey has been. Golf does that.
For more information about the great work that The First Tee do with the kids, visit their website (http://www.thefirstteenz.org/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp). Take it from us credible characters (we used to be lawyers, you know...) that they do good things. Without The First Tee some of them would be on the streets; the program shows them another way. Having played with a few youngsters this year that've seen the light, we've seen first hand the impact The First Tee can and does have. It's inspiring.
Thanks again y'all for being part of our odyssey. What a blast it's been. Our final plea to you, friends, is to get involved in this The Final Push. Go on, life's too short...
Jamie & Michael
The Greatest Birdie Challenge in The History of Birdie Challenges
You'd have thought playing all this golf we'd be making heaps of birdies. Not so. However this is all about to change, and in NZ we're going to be carding lots of 'em.
We'd like you to SIGN UP to donate a given amount for every birdie (and for every eagle) that one of us makes on home soil. Maybe it's $10 per birdie and $30 per eagle; perhaps just a dollar, a pound or a Euro per birdie - whatever you can afford. One generous chap has already signed up for $20 per birdie and $50 per eagle. Every time we roll in a birdie putt the First Tee donation counter will tick over. The cup will start to look like a bucket, no doubt.
Our goal is to have at least 200 humans taking part. Those who sign up will have their name posted on our website with their pledge alongside. Are you in? Dam right you are. Email email@example.com with your pledge.
The Return Tour
Effectively these are golf days at top Kiwi courses, with a bit of showbiz on the side. There will be kai (food, for you non-Kiwis - although it's not likely you'll be attending), prizes, unimaginably desirable items up for auction - and we'll be boring the audience with a few anecdotes drawn from our adventure. There might be the odd guest speaker too. Here are the dates and venues:
Friday 3 December - The Grange GC, Auckland
Sunday 5 - St. Andrews GC, Hamilton
Monday 6 - Karori GC, Wellington
Sunday 12 - Hanmer Springs GC, Hanmer Springs
Wednesday / Thursday 15 / 16 - Jack's Point, Queenstown
Thursday 23 - Clearwater Resort, Christchurch
Friday 31 - Cape Kidnappers, Havelock North
Pencil one or a couple into your calendar, live a little. Entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com please!