Adroit golf day drives $100,000 into supported accommodation

Adroit charity golf day 2019 for supported accommodation

Insurance company Adroit has raised $100,000 for Gateways’ supported accommodation services, helping fund the redevelopment of six units and emergency housing in Belmont.

The prestigious Meatball Cup was contested by 180 players in scorching and blustery conditions on 21 November at 13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads.

$112,000 was raised at the event, with $100,000 funding the Adroit Insurance and Risk capital grant and the balance going to Adroit’s Community partner The Geelong Community Foundation.

Gateways was awarded the $100,000 capital grant for its Edmill Court project that, when complete, will offer affordable housing for people with autism and intellectual disability who have limited supported accommodation options.

Adroit’s Managing Director, Fabian Pasquini says the benefits from the funds we raised on the day are far-reaching, thanks to the great work of Gateways Support Services and The Geelong Community Foundation.

“I am very proud of the Adroit family in once again coordinating such a successful event. I would also like to thank all the businesses and organisations who have supported the day and enabled us to reach such an outstanding result.”

After an exciting round of golf that included 39 degree temperatures, 100kmh winds, high pollen counts, snakes and lightning strikes, players relaxed with a beautiful dinner and generously bid on a range of auction items.

These included an upcycled planter box made by Gateways participant Anthony and a Gateways Gardening voucher for six hours of work, which raised a combined $600.

Gateways Accommodation and Specialist Support Services Manager Sean Justin says residents at Edmill will have the support of qualified and dedicated Gateways staff to monitor their wellbeing and help them establish relationships and social inclusion.

“There are people who need support to develop the skills and confidence to fully participate in their community, but who are not eligible for the standard shared accommodation, and others whose complex behavioural difficulties limit their accommodation options,” Mr Justin says.

“Edmill will enable these people to live on their own but with six other supported units around them, giving them an invaluable sense of community, safety and security.”

Mr Justin says Edmill also caters for young adults leaving out-of-home care by supporting their first experience of living independently with the safety of having others around.

“It creates a transitional living option for people who need to experience living on their own while developing skills to care for themselves, so that they can have the confidence to move on to fully independent living,” Mr Justin says.

“Gateways is incredibly grateful to Adroit and its supporters for helping bring this vision to reality.”

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