Annual Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament

Sir Bob Charles & team mates

Annual Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament

A great November day out

Fine wine & good company

Fine wine & good company

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Friends of the BRI

The Friends of the BRI  (FBI) is a group of community-minded people who come together to raise funds for brain research, through various special events throughout the year.

The group welcomes new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact the coordinator of the committee, Caroline Wagteveld McKenzie on 03 3531 245

The FBI has run several “Music for the Mind” opera fundraisers, in conjunction with The Opera Club. We have also run a number of theatre nights at the Court Theatre. Our major fund-raiser, however, is the Annual FBI Golf Tournament at the Christchurch Golf Club, Shirley. This has proven to be an outstanding success, the jewel in the crown of the FBI’s fundraising year, and an event to put in your diary for each November.

The 2015 major golf sponsor was Christchurch Radiology Group. Demand for sponsorship of holes was unprecedented, with holes being sold early and the full compliment of teams registered. It is a splendid day out, one of competitive companionship, a trophy for the supreme winners, fabulous prizes, a raffle, food, wine and an auction to finish.

A highlight of the past year was the launch of Prof. Ivan Donaldson’s engaging memoir “The Truant from Medicine” . The evening featured a celebrity roast hosted by the inimitable, John Dunne, with Dr Phil Parkin and Ivan’s son, Paul Donaldson enlightening the audience with amusing and highly entertaining stories of Ivan’s early forays into the world of wine, plus his innumerable adventures aided and abetted by his wife Chris, all the while maintaining a steady focus on his medical career. For a darn good read, grab a copy of Ivan’s book, a bottle of award winning Pegasus Bay wine, find yourself a comfortable chair and be transported to sun-drenched vineyards, cool wine cellars, touching stories and insights. The proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The New Zealand Brain Research Institute to help support research into neurological disorders.

You can buy a copy of Ivan's book by contacting Caroline on 03 3531 245 or email caroline@cmrf.org.nz 

The Friends of the Brain Institute thank you, their supporters and sponsors for your amazing generosity and interest in fundraising for neurological research.