Urgent need for research drives CF fundraiser

Thomas Coutts (7) with, from left, his father Brad and Lake Karrinyup Country Club golf operations coordinator Matt McGowan.
Thomas Coutts (7) with, from left, his father Brad and Lake Karrinyup Country Club golf operations coordinator Matt McGowan.

Golf Classic founder Brad Coutts said he wanted to find a way to help raise funds for the degenerative condition after his son Thomas was diagnosed with it.

Mr Coutts said it was imperative Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia (CFWA) received continued funding for research and treatment.

�I�ve played golf all my life so when Thomas was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, I wanted to do something to raise funds for research and basically decided that golf was the best way to do it, so I founded the event,� he said.

�You can look at someone like Thomas and they look perfectly healthy but inside their lungs are getting worse and worse as they get older.�

CFWA chief executive Nigel Barker said he hoped the event would reach half a million dollars in funds raised this year.

�There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis and with an average life expectancy of those living with the condition being just 38, there is a race against time,� Mr Barker said.

Mr Coutts said he was not aware of how debilitating the condition was before his son was diagnosed with it.

To donate: go to cysticfibrosis.org.au/wa/donations.

To donate goods for auction call 93467333.