FA day tees off

YALLOURN Golf Club will stage its fifth annual Friedreich’s Ataxia awareness and charity golf day next Monday.

Friedreich’s Ataxia is an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system resulting in symptoms ranging from gait disturbance and speech problems to heart disease.

Club member and former Queen’s Birthday golf day sponsor Glenn Whitehead’s brother-in-law David Stipkovich suffers from the disorder, which led to the creation of the four person ambrose event in 2011.

Stipkovich, 29, was diagnosed at the age of 17 and has heart problems, scoliosis, and degeneration of nerves in his lower limbs causing limited mobility.

Despite living with FA he is a keen fisherman, four-wheel driver, quad biker and camper, and a big supporter of the golf day.

Last year’s event raised about $6500 for a specialised clinic at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

To make a donation visit fara.org.au

For more information about the golf day, ygcfunctions@hotmail.com, or phone the club on 5127 6962.