Firefighters golf for children

  • Thursday, May 23, 2013

St. Andrews Fire Department carded the best score for the 19th annual Carolina Children's Charity Golf Tournament but the true winners are the Lowcountry families that will benefit from the funds the event raised.
Each year fire departments from around the state send teams to participate in the golf tournament that raises funds to help offset costs associated with birth defects and childhood diseases.
“Firefighters are the backbone of this charity and they know that all the money raised through this tournament benefits children right here in our community so we have a lot of the same golfers play every year,” Old Fort Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Medlock said. “The contributions made by Al Bradham of DisasterCare and all our other sponsors are also a big part of the success of this year's tournament. Thanks to everyone's support we will be able to help a lot of families in need.”
This Spring the tournament was held at Legend Oaks Golf Course and won by the St. Andrews Fire Department team. The Florence Fire Department placed second and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department placed third.
The golf tournament is one of several events local firefighters organize to benefit Carolina Children's Charity.
“When you see us at the street corners collecting donations that money also goes toward Carolina Children's Charity,” Medlock said.
The charity was founded in 1987 by volunteers with the help of the Tri-County Fire Chief's Association, Lowcountry Firefighters and WCBD NBC 2.
Carolina Children's Charity serves families in Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston and Colleton counties who can't afford medical costs associated with birth defects and childhood diseases. It provides help to families without medical insurance as well as to those with medical insurance struggling to pay out-of-pocket costs.
The charity helps offset costs for a wide range of services that include medication, specialized equipment, medical evaluation, therapy and disease-specific summer camps.
For more information on the charity, visit www.carolinachildren.org or call 769-7553.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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