Front (from left) Leigh Turnbull with George Kunowski from Nationwide Hire and some of the staff who will be supporting the charity golf day, Russell Huntly, Michael Nuss, Lorraine Davey, Jenny Brook, Joy Lee, David Bell, Helen Maclean, Gary Zieth, Gary Riordan and John Crossland.
Front (from left) Leigh Turnbull with George Kunowski from Nationwide Hire and some of the staff who will be supporting the charity golf day, Russell Huntly, Michael Nuss, Lorraine Davey, Jenny Brook, Joy Lee, David Bell, Helen Maclean, Gary Zieth, Gary Riordan and John Crossland. Chris Ison

Work stops for children's charity

SORRY we're closed today – playing golf.

If you go to Nationwide Hire this morning you may well find this scrawled on a sign at the front door.

All 18 staff of the truck and equipment hire company have been granted the day off work to participate in the Fawltee Charity Golf Day.

The beneficiaries of their generosity are Variety, the Children's Charity and also the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland.

“We'll be closing down for the day to be a part of this event for the kids, to support the community and give something back,” said Nationwide Hire state manager George Kunowski.

Eight staff will be playing to win at Capricorn Resort and raise money for the charities with the other 10 employees volunteering their time for all the general duties.

Criterion Hotel owner and event organiser Leigh Turnbull said he hoped to raise $50,000 for Variety on the day.

“So far, we've raised $800,000 and by 2013 we hope to get to $1 million,” Mr Turnbull said.

People dressed as the characters from the comedy classic Fawlty Towers and other famous personalities like Austin Powers and Marilyn Monroe will be there to entertain patrons.

George said the staff were looking forward to this, with 280 people playing on the day and 27 volunteers.

Saturday night will also be used to raise money with an event at the Leichhardt Hotel, including a dinner from 6.30pm and an auction at 10.30pm.



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