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$20,000 raised for charity by joint services golf tournament

A joint services golf tournament is on course to raise around $20,000 for charity.

Twenty-two teams, which included the eventual winners a team from Bermuda Fire and Rescue, took part in the event.

Teams from the various uniformed services and local companies battled for the honours at Riddell's Bay Golf Course. The prizes were awarded by Governor George Fergusson at the Regiment's Warwick Camp.

A police team secured second place with a Department of Immigration team third followed by telecommunications firm TBI fourth, and further police and the fire service teams taking fifth and sixth places respectively.

Mr Fergusson told competitors: “Thank you for making the sacrifice and going out in the rain and playing a peculiar game for a very good cause.”

Regiment Captain Graham Benjamin, who represented the Regiment on the organising committee along with Sergeant Major Martin Daley, said: “It's a very worthwhile cause. We had the four services and invited other teams as well.

“It's important that we are seen to be doing something positive and hosting the event at Warwick Camp. We opened it up to any company that wanted to play as well.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Jackman, who masterminded the event as part of Police Week, said the cash raised would go towards the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust, the force's designated charity for the year.

“We think we will make our target — it's very important for all the services to be involved in community work,” he said.

“If we don't go out and support the community, we will not get the support of the community when we need it. The hospital is a very important part of the community. We'll all need it at some point.

“The Regiment, the Fire Service and the Department of Corrections all helped support this.”

Wendy Augustus, executive officer of the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust, said: “We are so thankful — we aim to provide first class, 21st century care for this Island and we are grateful for the efforts of everyone on the Island for all they have done.

“The uniformed services are all connected to the hospital and key and critical to us. The cooperation and synergy of all these groups is vital.”

Useful website: www.bermudaregiment.bm

Photo by Akil Simmons ¬ Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Jackman prepares to putt at Riddell's Bay.

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Published October 31, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm)

$20,000 raised for charity by joint services golf tournament

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