ALBURY’S basketball superstar Lauren Jackson is an “incredibly amazing person”, says the executive officer with the NSW Rape Crisis Centre, Karen Willis.
Her caring, gentle and compassionate approach to her passions was highly regarded in the welfare sector, Ms Willis says.
Jackson became the centre’s patron in 2011 after a staffer heard an interview when she described her interest in working to prevent violence against women after she retires from basketball.
“We asked her ‘let’s chat’ and it went from there,” Ms Willis said.
“From the start she has been incredibly generous, spending time here, attending events — she’s even done a couple of courses with us.
“Every time we have contacted her she has said yes, unless her basketball commitments intervene.”
Ms Willis said it was Jackson’s idea to hold next month’s Lauren Jackson Invitational Golf Day in Albury.
Jackson will play and the day’s proceeds will be shared between Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia and the Women’s Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Albury.
“She wanted to do something to raise funds, raise our profile and she wanted to do it in her home town,” Ms Willis said.
The inaugural golf day will be held at the Commercial Club Golf Resort on Friday, September 13, with a barbecue from 11.30am, tee off at 12.20pm and a function and charity auction from 5pm.
Ms Willis said Jackson was interested in prevention programs such as the centre’s sex and ethics course that taught participants how to negotiate ethical consent within sexual relationships.
Those wanting to support the golf day can sponsor a hole, buy an individual or group golf entry, or join the 5pm function. Call (03) 9023 9733 or visit laurenjackson.org.