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Vodacom and pro golfers raise R3.2 million for vulnerable children in SA

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A very successful Vodacom Business Origins of Golf tour has come to an end and with that, golfers raised a whopping  R3,250 000 for Vodacom’s Birdies for Kiddies campaign to support vulnerable children across South Africa. 

The ongoing Birdies for Kiddies campaign contributes funds by donating R500 for every birdie scored during the tour by an enthusiastic mix of pro golfers, celebrity invitees and some of South Africa’s leading businessmen.

Mthobi Tyamzashe, Executive Director; for CSI said, “Vodacom has always cared about the plight of vulnerable children. We are delighted with – and extremely grateful for – the enthusiastic support Birdies for Kiddies has once again enjoyed during this golf tour. It is together that our commitment makes an enormous difference to so many children’s lives.”

These funds go towards helping five organisations care for abandoned, orphaned, malnourished and abused children. Beneficiary organisations include Project NOAH, Ndlovu Medical Trust, ACFS Community Education and Feeding Scheme, New Beginningz and Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA).

In the 4 years that Vodacom has been involved in funding this campaign through Origins of Golf, the mobile operator has committed over R10 million.

Joining the pro golfers this year were rugby personalities Wynand Olivier, Blue Bulls centre and lock Flip van der Merwe, who were invited to “captain” some golf pros in a host of challenges, raising money for the Birdies for Kiddies campaign. Media personality Dan Nichol hosted the Power Minute challenges, which tested the players’ balancing abilities, power, accuracy and patience.

The Origins of Golf tour teed off at the Pretoria Country Club in May while the final was played in September at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo.


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