Golf was on the agenda for attendees at the 2023 Kyle’s Camp for Kids – and Broome GC was only too happy to welcome them for a morning of chipping, putting and hooning in golf carts!
The annual Kyle’s Camp takes a group of approximately 15 children who are suffering from – or recovering from – life-threatening illnesses for a week of fun activities in Broome.
This year’s attendees and their carers enjoyed a range of unforgettable experiences, including camel riding on Cable Beach, ocean fishing, visiting a crocodile park and ‘biscuiting’ behind a speedboat.
For some of the youngsters, the visit to Broome Golf Club was the most fun of all. After receiving instruction on putting and chipping from club pro Bryce Mawhinney, each attendee was given the chance to have a ‘hoon’ in one of the club’s golf carts – including some uber-cool CMC Marine Hummer Carts!
Although pedals were pushed firmly to the metal, we have been assured that no trees, golfers or parts of the course were damaged by the fun-loving youths.
Broome Golf Club manager Jules Bonner, herself a Board member of the Kyle Andrews Foundation that runs the camp, was delighted to welcome the group to the fairways. “We’re always happy to support Kyle’s Camp and the children all had a great time – especially on the carts!” she said.
Whether or not any of the attendees will go on to take up the game more seriously remains to be seen, but the fun and friendship elements, as well as the physical and mental health benefits, ensured a thoroughly enjoyable part of an unforgettable experience.
The Kyle Andrews Foundation is a charitable foundation raising funds to bring children undergoing treatment for cancer from Perth Children’s Hospital to Broome on an annual basis for the week-long Kyle’s Camp for Kids.
The foundation is named after Broome boy Kyle Andrews, who had the ambition of taking his friends from the cancer ward for a trip to Broome in between treatment sessions to help them feel better. Kyle was able to attend the inaugural camp in 1998 before losing his battle with cancer at the age of 11.