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Golf match to raise funds for those in need

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 July, 2007, 12:00am

A charity golf tournament organised by the St James' Settlement seeks to raise cash for the hungry through the rich man's sport, attempting to foster a passion for golf among young and old alike while helping those in need.


The tournament, to be held on August 3 at Discovery Bay Golf Club, is divided into team, adult, and junior age groups.


It is intended to raise funds for the two main charity projects run by the St James' Settlement - the People's Food Bank and the Grant-in-Aid Brightens Children's Lives project.


The People's Food Bank currently provides emergency food assistance for more than 3,500 children from lower-income families, requiring $100,000 a month for the purchase of food supplies, in partnership with other aid agencies.


The Grant-in-Aid project distributes free stationery and learning materials to underprivileged children from families unable to cover educational fees.


According to Sharon Lam, Timothy Wan and Lyra Yoe, the co-chairpersons of the tournament, the past three years of the tournament have raised over $900,000 with 270 players participating in the event.


Adopting the slogan 'Show Your Love by Swinging Your Club', their goal this year is to raise $800,000 with a field of 150 players, with the assistance of 22 business firms and organisations.


The organisers are also seeking volunteers to help as assistants for the tournament. The public can also participate by becoming sponsors or simply make donations to the St James' Settlement.


Last year's event raised $370,000 to buy 14,940 kilograms of rice, 41,832 cans of food, and 41,832 packets of instant noodles - a food supply capable of providing 747 people with eight weeks of food.


Those interested in participating in the tournament or volunteering for service should contact the St James' Settlement on 2831 3231 or fax 3104 3614. They can also e-mail Irene Yu at irene.yu@sjs.org.hk for more information.


Jeremy is a Young Post intern


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