A message from the Former Principal Commissioner for the Commission for Children and Young People in Victoria, Bernie Geary OAM.
We, as a community, now know a lot more about the devastating physical and emotional impact such trauma can have on the wellbeing, growth, normal development and the life opportunities of these children.
It is critical that skilled, loving care backed up by a range of professional interventions is carefully brought to bear to assist these children heal, recover and continue to grow. Clinical research gives us hope that receiving fundamental and sound care, supported by appropriate professional services, can make a difference in assisting even the most damaged children achieve happier lives and brighter futures.
It is vital that all our caring and professional efforts help these children to return to the mainstream community and have good, fulfilling lives into adulthood. If children are to thrive, they need to develop supportive networks and friendships.
We are keen to promote, energetic, persistent and creative approaches collaboratively across the professional and broader community to help prepare these children to identify opportunities and work with them to engage and sustain community connections that have potential for friendship and precious human-to-human connections.
The Tee-Up For Kids Foundation can play an invaluable role in this process.
Bernie Geary, OAM
Former Principal Commissioner
Honorary Founder - Ian Stanley
Founding Member and lifetime friend of Tee Up For Kids, Ian has been instrumental in his support of Tee Up For Kids and our mission to help disadvantaged children and young people through the golfing fraternity. His love of the game and ongoing committment of support has been key in the success of Tee Up For Kids, his footprint evidenced through the life changing support Tee Up For Kids has provided since 2010 to disadvantaged children and young people.
Following in the footsteps of two of his heroes, Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson, when he won the 2001 British Senior PGA Championship and then, a matter of weeks later, also won the Senior British Open at Royal County Down, thereby emulating Neil Coles as the only man to have achieved this double in a single calendar year.
Those British Open and PGA Seniors victories, coupled with a series of other strong performances, helped Ian to win the 2001 John Jacobs Trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit and enabled him to set a new money record for that time.
Tee Up Kids Founder - Ian McPheson
Ian has had a long history in both the corporate and golfing sectors. He was a former Executive Manager with State Bank of Victoria, with more than 40 years in the banking industry. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medial in 2000 and was a Director of Waverley Golf Club for 20 years. He was awarded a Life Member for his long and distinguished services. Ian was also a Councillor of Golf Victoria for 24 years as well as being Vice President. He is a Life Governor of the Victorian Seeing Eye Dogs.
Tee Up For Kids Alumni - Peter Cheers
Peter Cheers is a retired Melbourne businessman, having worked extensively in the information technology sector. He was one of the founders of Tee Up for Kids Foundation. He helped with the inaugural Tee Up Corporate Challenge.
Tee Up For Kids Alumni - Harry Hart
Harry is a founding director of hsquared; a television production company that produces over 200-hours of original broadcast content sold into 130 countries each year. Harry is a keen golfer currently playing off 6 and is a member of both Metropolitan and The National golf clubs. He is married with two boys and has a real passion for what Tee-Up for Kids is doing to give children living in out of home care more of a chance to realise their potential and be given the opportunities that most kids are given.