Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the Beatles and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jim Cassidy were just some of the famous faces among a sea of characters who turned out for the annual Celebrity Charity Golf Day, proudly sponsored by ADAMA and NAB Agribusiness, on Wednesday.
Hundreds gathered at Moree Golf Course for a day of fun and fundraising, all for Variety, the Children’s Charity through bash car entrant 2400, in the lead-up to the 2018 Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash from Bonnyrigg to Braitling.
The greens were overrun with plenty of colourful characters and costumes, with teams once again getting creative with their outfits - jailbirds and giraffes to crayons and clowns, and even Barbaby’s brides, were spotted among the 36 teams.
Seven celebrities, including one mystery celebrity, and Moree golf pro Matthew McGuire, were auctioned off to play for teams at the start of the day.
This year a new record was set, with a whopping $53,500 raised during the celebrity auction alone.
“How amazing is that, thank you so much, that is incredible,” event organiser and Variety bash participant Lee Estens said.
“The day doesn’t happen without our amazing sponsors, supporters and helpers.”
Mystery celebrity guest, Melbourne-Cup winning jockey Jim Cassidy, was auctioned off for $12,500.
“It’s wonderful to be here, it’s an honour,” he said.
“Just looking around at some of the outfits, outstanding.”
Last year’s mystery celebrity, former Wests and Canterbury rugby league player Terry Lamb, went for $8,500.
Former Australian cricketer Peter Taylor, who has been involved in the golf day since its inception 18 years ago, went under the hammer for $6,500, while fellow former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor was sold for $5,500.
Moree golf pro Matthew McGuire was auctioned for $5,000, while another former Australian cricketer, Merv Hughes, reached $4,500.
Former Australian tennis player John Fitzgerald and former St Kilda and Collingwood AFL player Shane Wakelin were both sold for $4,000, while Shane’s brother Darryl, a former St Kilda and Port Adelaide AFL player, who also owns Moree’s Amcal Pharmacy, went for $3,000.
Peter Weal and Paul Kelly conducted the auction this year, in place of long-time Charity Golf Day supporter and auctioneer, the late Anthony ‘Dipper’ Diprose, who was sorely missed on Wednesday.
“We miss our mate,” Mrs Estens said.