Scanlans Charity Golf Day Raises £12,250

09/10/2017

A golf day sponsored by Scanlans raised £12,250 to support a project which helps more than 1,000 disabled youngsters take part in sports activities.

The event at the Kingswood Golf & Country Club in Tadsworth, Surrey, attracted 45 participants, including clients and contacts of Scanlans and supporters of the South African Disabled Golf Association.

The money raised will help to fund the association’s First Swing Program, which runs activities at dozens of schools across South Africa.

Its work enables children with severe disabilities who cannot take part in other sports to enjoy a physiotherapy session in an informal way, linked with a taste of golf.

SADGA and First Swing Program ambassadors Charles Williams – who is a graduate of the scheme and is now training to be a golf coach – and Reinard Schuhknecht, the world one-armed golf champion, flew in for the event along with top European disabled golfer Juan Postigo Arce.

After an 18-hole round of golf, the participants enjoyed a meal and an auction.

The event was organised by Scanlans partner Neil Inman, who said: “It was a great day which raised a tremendous sum of money to help a fantastic cause.

“The First Swing Program not only gives the youngsters the chance to enjoy a taste of a sport, it also helps to boost their self-esteem and confidence. The money raised at the golf day will make a huge positive difference to the lives of those children.

“We’re grateful to everyone who supported the event and contributed to making it such a memorable event.”

Scanlans’ support for SADGA came after a client who was an amateur golfer lost a leg in an accident and subsequently played in the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open.

Neil said: “He came back and told me all about the great work that SADGA does, so we decided to help out by being the main sponsor of the organisation’s London fund-raising golf day in 2016 and we’ve repeated it this year.”

SADGA’s Lily Reich said: “Without Scanlans’ incredible support and passion we would not have got so far with the First Swing Program.

“We appreciate everything Neil and his colleagues have done for us.

“Their support has really made a difference and given SADGA the ability to provide opportunities to so many children.”

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