Charity Golf Day to raise funds for Kidney Health

ARARAT - Ararat student Brodie Hunter is planning a charity golf day to help raise money and give back to a foundation which offers plenty of joy and support in his life.

The 16-year-old, who suffers kidney disease, requires dialysis every second night at home for eight hours and every Wednesday at the East Grampians Service for five hours.

One of Brodie's main passions is golf and he has decided to run a golf day at Chalambar Golf Course on December 9 to raise money for Kidney Health Australia.

The foundation is very important to Brodie and every 18 months offers him the chance to go to Kidney Camp, where he meets up with friends who share the same condition.

"The camp gives kids the opportunity to go on a holiday when they normally couldn't go on one," Brodie said.

"I've been on it three or four times now. Once we went to Queensland and went to all the theme parks and it is just a whole heap of fun stuff that we can't normally do.

"The nurses from the Royal Children's Hospital and Adelaide Hospital help us out while we are on the camps and one of the good things about it is you get to meet other people who are in the same situation as you."

All money raised at the charity golf day will go towards funding Kidney Health Australia's Kidney Camps.

Brodie said he and family friend Stuart Muller came up with the concept and had already received support from East Grampians Health Service, as well as local businesses including Mitre-10, Gasons and Lyal Eales.

"It will be a three man ambrose competition and we'd like to get 50 people there, but we've got enough stubbie holders for 90!" he said.

The Ararat College student has had kidney problems his entire life.

After being born Brodie was rushed to the Royal Children's Hospital suffering undersized and faltering kidneys.

At age 13 his mother Bronwyn decided to donate one of her kidneys, however after complications during surgery the kidney was rejected.

Brodie said he has been on the donor waiting list for the past two years.

"I'm on the waiting list for a new kidney at the moment, I got a call a couple of weeks ago, but then they told me not to worry about coming because it didn't match properly," he said.

Despite the setbacks Brodie continues to show amazing resilience and determination.

The charity golf day at Chalambar Golf Club on December 9 will be $20 per person and include lunch donated by Ararat Meat Exports.

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