RAGS 50th anniversary raising funds for Redbridge community

23 Jun 2022

110 golfers raised £110,000 at Jewish Care’s 50th Annual Redbridge Aid Golf Society (RAGS) golf tournament, which took place at Abridge Golf and Country Club On Thursday 16th June.  A cheque for £95,000 was presented to Jewish Care’s Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown, to support Jewish Care’s work in the local area. The Community Security Trust were presented with £10,000 and £5,000 was donated to Sidney Gold RAGS Scholars.

Jewish Care RAGS 50th anniversary raising funds for Redbridge community services Jewish Care, CST and Sidney Gold Scholars

The winner of the RAGS tournament, which took place for the first time in two years, was Hugh Bushall with 40 points.

Andy Green, Captain of the Day and The Chair of the Golf Committee, who has been on the Committee for 25 years, said:

“This is a very special year for RAGS and on our 50th anniversary, we were delighted to have raised a total of £110,000 to support a range of services for the local Jewish community. I’d like to give my thanks to all those involved in the Golf Committee today and over the past 50 years, and also the Chairman and Board of Directors of Abridge Golf Club, for giving up the use of their golf course free of charge over the last five decades.

“Fifty years ago, members of Abridge Golf and Country Club formed a golf committee in answer to the local community centre in Redbridge then known as Sinclair House, stating that they were struggling to pay the utility bill. Many of the Abridge members back in the 1960s and 70s were from the Redbridge & Ilford areas where many of their children attended the youth club, their elderly parents the day centre, and many other activities besides for all to benefit from within the local Jewish community. Jewish Care have continued to provide these services and since the first Redbridge Aid Golf Society (RAGS) was formed, the committee has continued to raise money for its vital services ever since.”

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, said:  “I’d like to congratulate and thank the RAGS Golf committee as we celebrate the golden anniversary of one of Jewish Care’s oldest fundraising committees.

“RAGS Golf Committee plays a pivotal role in local fundraising efforts, and we are so grateful to the committee, players and sponsors, all of whom made this another extremely successful event.

“This support enables Jewish Care to continue to provide a wide range of vital services in the area for the older and the younger members of the community. From social work and family carers services, dementia day care, Vi & John Rubens House care home, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre at Woodford Forest Synagogue and the MIKE youth leadership programme, this range of services for those who rely on us simply wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of the community and the local committees who are so dedicated to supporting us.”