Golf Programs Australia Inc.
Welcome to Golf Programs Australia Incorporated (GPAI)
“Our dedicated team are passionate about the range of activities we provide and the difference we are making. Through all of our endeavours we hope to display the conviction and passion behind our beliefs.”
Here at Golf Programs Australia Inc, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a simple idea and a little support. Since our founding in 2014, GPAI has used the low impact activity of golf to drive inclusion and break isolation of individuals and groups in the community. The largest impact has been made in the intellectual disabilities sector.
Golf Programs Australia Incorporated (GPAI) became a registered charity in 2015, opening its Nambour retail store in December 2016. In 2022, we were very excited to celebrate our sixth year…click here to read the article from Sunshine Valley Gazette.
The unique blend of golf and creativity programs makes for a great story. Initially the store was a way to fund the charity’s golf initiatives. Under the guidance of Darrell and Michelle Dalton and through the endeavours of the GPAI Committee and many dedicated volunteers it soon evolved to become a bustling hive of activity.
GPAI has been delivering weekly golf programs for people with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health and more, initially at Tanawha Valley Golf and Tennis from 2014 when MP Fiona Simpson cut the ribbon. The weekly golf program is now delivered from a private nine hole golf course in Diddillibah.
Each December, GPAI hosts a Golf Classic at the Nambour Golf Club to celebrate the achievements of the athletes and thank supporters, families and sponsors for another great year. More recently, we have been unable to host the Golf Classic and we look forward to re-establishing this tradition for 2023.
The GPAI Extension Program is an exciting addition to the golf program where athletes become students. Participants engage in a 12 month program to learn Retail, Business and Creativity, enjoying real life experience in the GPAI retail store situated at 89 Currie Street, Nambour and the Charity Pro-Shop located beneath the retail in what is affectionately known as the Basement Studio.
Darrell Dalton is a PGA Golf Professional and the President of GPAI. His vision is to establish a Purpose Built Golf Facility to provide meaningful training and work placement for individuals living with an intellectual disability. The Facility will allow GPAI to deliver more golf programs, host golf tournaments, training events and much more thereby training and employing a large number of people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more and see how you can support this wonderful vision, visit pitchin.golf – our dedicated fund-raising website.
These are our core objectives and we invite you along for the journey wherever that may lead.