In 2019 a young South African surfer from Jeffreys Bay surprised many by qualifying for the 2020 premier tour season. Matt McGillivray had had an outstanding year competing.
However, Matt was in Australia, preparing for the start of the year’s event on the Gold Coast, when Covid struck, international travel was cancelled, and just like that, the tour was off.
“IT WAS HUGELY DISAPPOINTING WHEN THE FIRST EVENT GOT CANCELLED,” REMEMBERS MCGILLIVRAY.
Then, when the tour started last year, Matt had a poor run, finishing off 24th on the year-end rankings. As a result, he ended the tour just outside the qualifying line. Still, he was first up as an injury replacement. As luck would have it, he then sneaked onto the tour as the injury replacement when Brazilian Yago Dora withdrew from the tour with an injury.
IT WAS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY.
Matt got back on tour, and then the WSL mid-year cuts loomed before he had even had a single good result. There were plenty of top surfers who would get chopped at the cut, and Matt was in that group.
He needed a remarkable performance and result at Margaret River in Western Australia to get him above the cut-line. On paper, the odds were very much against him.
On the 12th and 13th of May, the now renowned Woodlands Golf Days for Hospice resumed at St Francis Links Golf Course. Unfortunately, this prestigious event could not be held for the past 2 years due to Covid restrictions. However, it was a remarkable comeback with perfect weather, excellent course conditions, and a good spirit by all players.
The very welcome amount of R200,000 was generated. St Francis Hospice Kouga is hugely grateful to all involved; Woodlands Golf for their ongoing commitment to our cause, Jeff Clause, excellent MC, and all at St Francis Links, all the sponsors and players.
This generous donation goes a far way to ensure that the services St Francis Hospice Kouga provides can be continued.
We rely on the generosity of our communities to deliver our life-changing services. But, we couldn’t do it without the support of organisations like Woodland Dairies and individuals in the Kouga area.
St Francis Hospice is the only organisation in the Kouga Area that provides palliative care to those facing the many challenges of life-limiting illness.
The ethos of Hospice Palliative Care is one of care, compassion, and respect. A holistic approach integrates physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects. Care is available to all, regardless of race, creed or financial status.
St Francis Hospice Kouga has built an excellent reputation within the local community. Care is available to all, regardless of race, creed or financial status.
Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness to have the best quality of life possible. This is achieved by enabling them to live in comfort, independence, and dignity. In addition, support is given to those loved ones closest to them.
Hospice cares for people in any place they call home. This may be a luxury home, an RDP house, a shack or even a squatter dwelling. But, it’s wherever we need to be, we are!
This service must be able to continue. So many of our patients rely solely on the care we provide at this difficult time in their lives.
If you can contribute in any way, we would be most grateful.