MORE than 150 participants graced Murray Downs Country Club last week for the annual Swan Hill District Health golf and bowls day.
With golf and bowls events running concurrently at the club, the day is the hospital's only major fundraiser and has raised more than $170,000 since its first edition in 2003.
Swan Hill District Health secretary Tania Kerr said the event was an opportunity for the organisations that the hospital supports to give back.
"We don't like to hit small businesses so we mainly target our out-of-town suppliers," she said.
"If they want our business, they support us, and this event is a great opportunity to do that.
More than $10,000 was raised, which will be used to purchase three new beds for the hospital's acute ward, at an estimated cost of $3500 per bed.
"We're raising money for the community because they are the ones that will benefit from this," Kerr said.
"The day always has a relaxed, non-competitive feel and it's a really good community event.
"All our prizes were donated so it didn't cost the hospital anything for the day."
A number of the hospital's largest suppliers including Thomas Day Catering, Murray Valley Technology Centre, Swan Hill Wholesalers, Bank Australia and ANZ Bank entered a team in the event, with a number donating prizes.
The event has grown in popularity, with the bowls section receiving more entrants each year.
Sixty-six bowlers and 86 golfers entered the event, with Swan Hill Rural City Council's team taking the chocolates on the green.