Charity golf tournament to continue its corporate responsibility in society

Friday, September 19, 2008
Issue 471, Page 5
Word count: 464
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Second Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner, which is aimed at demonstrating the importance of corporate social responsibility, will see 20 teams of three players each from Macau compete to score the best shot on the golf course in Coloane.

Scheduled for September 26 this year, the tournament will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Macau Golf and Country Club while the gala dinner and after-party will be from 6pm at Westin Resort Hotel.

Speaking at the press conference at the resort hotel yesterday, Paulo Azevedo, the founder and publisher of the magazine Macau Business which is the major organiser, said the main aim of the charity event was to “bring new ideas to the table on how to do more for their companies and also society”.

“We want a better Macau and without it we won’t grow as well. We need to find out how corporations can grow together with society in a stable and nicer place,” Mr Azevedo said.

“We can’t always rely on and wait for the government, the business community need to do something to show their support for local society,” he added.

Each team of three has paid an entry fee of HK$18,000 to secure a place in the tournament.

Of all the money raised from the event, HK$200,000 will be taken as the total prize money and the remaining balance will all be donated to local social projects whose recipients have not yet been decided, said Luis Pereira, Macau Business’ executive director.

Last year’s charity tournament was participated by 12 teams of players from various business sectors such as gaming, banking and automobile manufacturing.

Team Aristocrat was the champion in 2007 and its first prize money of HK$100,000 was donated to the Macau Special Olympics for its athletes’ training to compete in Beijing.

Aristocrat’s decision for the good cause was followed by runner-up BNU’s HK$70,000 to the Macau Child Development Association – a project to help special children cope with life hardships, as well as Wynn Macau’s HK$30,000 to charity group Tung Sin Tong.

Founding member of the Macau Professional Golfers’ Association, Larry Petryk, said that the tournament will be a “fair game” for everybody no matter what their golf skills are.

Apart from using the competition format of Texas Scramble which allows every player to tee off at each hole, Mr Petryk said the Handicap System will be played so that players with various levels can compete with each other equally.

Individuals who do not participate in the golf tournament can also be part of the gala dinner of HK$2,000 a plate.

Raffles and a live auction with items such as a Beijing Olympic Torch and guitars from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will also be staged in the evening.

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