Golf for Mary raises 15,000!
29/05/2012Bill Leckie has penned the following (rather touching) article about the hugely successful Golf for Mary event which took place last week in Spain:
NOMINATIONS are flooding in as a magazine launches its search for Scotland’s most inspirational woman.
So, after an unforgettable fundraising weekend in Spain, may I humbly ask that they consider awarding it posthumously.
To a magnificent lady called Mary Leishman.
In life, she was a textbook mother, a loving wife and a friend whose smile and whose talent as a singer and actress lifted the spirits of all who knew her.
And in the three years since she lost her battle with the demon cancer, her star has shone over a charity that has raised more than £500,000 in her name.
The mission statement of The Mary Leishman Foundation is simple; To ease distress and encourage potential.
In other words, if you’re in pain and can’t afford the help to make life a little easier, come to us. If you’re blessed with talent but not the money to help express it, come to us.
She’d be very proud of that ethos. She’d also be chuffed to bits that the foundation’s third promise is that whatever we do to raise a few bob, it has to include those who dig deep having an absolute ball.
Which takes us to Murcia at the weekend, where 65 flew out to hook up with 150 expats for four days of barbeques, karaoke, golf, dancing, dining, drinking and - most of all - laughing, laughing, laughing.
We had sports personalities past and present sharing a beer of 73 with punters who’d idolised them all their lives. Golfers and non-golfers. Even the odd (very odd...) tee-totaller. We had the lot - and we had an absolute blast.
As the guy who had to stand up front and try and get some sort of sense - not to mention a whole lot of money - out of them throughout the weekend, all I can say is thank you; to Tattie and Railway Steve and Cape Fear, to Biscuits and Kano and Chic and Gordon Smart, to Jet and Totts, to Garyoke, Craw and the two Jakes, to wee Joey Harper and gigantic Gordon Sherry, to Lenny Bennett and Phil Mitchell, to Big Mo
from EastEnders who joined us at the ball on Saturday night, to The Provost and President Ron Seal and The Nurofen Twins - Eck Parker and Ian Millar - to the wonderful Shirley Graham for her tireless organisational skills, to Alex and all his staff at the Hotel Spa Torre Pacheco, to Tracey and Jim at the Aquadel Centre and to all the other Jet2 Massive, the locals and the holidaymakers who came and joined in and became our friends for life, much respect, gratitude and love.
Most of all, thanks a million to everyone for helping us clear around £15,000 for a whole host of good causes.
Now, ask yourself: What could possibly be more inspirational in these troubled times than the thought of wringing every last bit of fun out of your spare time AND helping others while you do it?
A few weeks from now, we’ll all get together again for our annual, 80-mile walk down the Fife coast that Mary and her devoted husband Jim loved so much.
She’ll hear the banter echo up through the clouds once more and know her man’s in good hands.