Clubs invited to join Ryder Cup Challenge
Official Charities invite Scotland’s golf clubs to get in to the swing of 2014 Ryder Cup Challenge
Golf clubs across Scotland are being urged to sign-up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in The 2014 Ryder Cup Charity Challenge.
Participating clubs are being asked to raise a minimum of £2,000 in return for two six-day season passes for The 2014 Ryder Cup which features the world’s best golfers and will take place from September 23 to 28 next year at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel, in Perthshire, between Europe and the US.
The initiative has been launched by the Official Charities of The 2014 Ryder Cup – Quarriers, Perth and Kinross Disability Sport and Friends of St Margaret's, Auchterarder –and invites golf clubs and their members to support these causes across the ‘Home of Golf’.
Golf clubs can stage fundraising activities of their choice. These could involve the club’s Captain nominating The 2014 Ryder Cup’s Official Charities as their chosen cause for the next 12 months, a club competition to reach the total fundraising target required or even a number of events staged to gain the two golden tickets available for each club taking part.
Scott Hill, Chair of the Quarriers 2014 Ryder Cup Appeal, said: "We are delighted to be an Official Charity of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
“Quarriers is especially pleased to be able to use this opportunity to invite golf clubs to share in the excitement of the event itself while enabling charity to support more disadvantaged young people across Scotland.
“Funds from The 2014 Ryder Cup Charity Challenge will go towards the Quarriers Coaching for Life programme which will help young people overcome challenges such as homelessness, unemployment or a lack of qualifications.”
Lynn Melville, Chairperson of Perth & Kinross Disability Sport, said: “The 2014 Ryder Cup is certain to be a tremendous event and as an Official Charity we look forward to being part of its legacy. The Charity Challenge gives golf clubs across Scotland a fantastic opportunity to play a part in a world-class sporting event while supporting good causes.”
Chairman of Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital, Dr James A Grant MBE, added: “The Ryder Cup is iconic and has considerable historic significance in the world of golf and we are proud to welcome it back to Scotland for the first time in over 40 years. More than that, the Charity Challenge means the event will have a positive influence on the future of hundreds of people supported by the charity.”
European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said: "It’s fantastic to see Scotland's Official Ryder Cup Charities giving golfers across the Host Nation the opportunity to attend the Matches while raising significant funds for the causes that do such great work throughout the country.
“With tickets for Match Days already sold out, this is a wonderful way for avid golfers to still attend. I encourage everyone to take in The 2014 Ryder Cup Charity Challenge!"
Clubs can register to take part in the 2014 Ryder Cup Charity Challenges by contacting Lesley-Anne Patrick at email@example.com or on 01505 616051.
• Quarriers supports many thousands of people through its 150 services across the UK.
• The charity’s first night refuge for children and young people was opened on November 19, 1871 by William Quarrier in Glasgow.
• Quarriers is based near Bridge of Weir, just outside Glasgow, and now employs more than 2,000 staff.
• The charity's work is carried out to meet one aim: to create a just and accepting society, where everyone can participate and enjoy life.
• For more information visit www.quarriers.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @quarriers or on Facebook www.facebook.com/quarriersfans
ABOUT FRIENDS OF ST MARGARET’S HOSPITAL
• St Margaret’s Hospital in Auchterarder has served the population of Strathearn since the 1920s thanks to the generosity of Sir James Reid, a Glasgow locomotive builder who lived locally. Initially it was a small General Hospital providing both Medical and Surgical services. Today it is an innovative Community Hospital, one of approximately sixty such small hospitals in Scotland.
• In the grounds of the hospital is the local Health Centre providing primary and intermediate care medical services for nearly 9000 patients as well as to the many visitors to this part of Perthshire. St Margaret’s provides inpatient care for mainly the elderly with acute infections or those who require rehabilitation after major illness.
• Thanks to previous fundraising activities it has modern Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Chiropody facilities as well as providing access to local community groups involved in cardiac rehabilitation and alcohol abuse support. Over the last three years it has developed a busy GP led diagnostic Ultrasound service - the only Community Hospital in central Scotland to do so.
• Although an NHS facility, funds are constantly needed to maintain services. Recent Health and Safety demands mean that urgent upgrading is necessary. Given the financial pressures on the NHS local funding is vital to secure the future of this much loved and important community resource.
ABOUT PERTH & KINROSS DISABILITY SPORT
• Perth & Kinross Disability Sport is a registered Scottish Charity and our aim is to promote sport and physical activity for people with physical, learning or sensory disabilities at a local level.
• Our vision is to “lead the development of sport in Perth & Kinross for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory and learning disability” and our specific aims are to:
o Co-ordinate, develop and promote sports and physical activity amongst people with a disability in the Perth & Kinross area.
o Strengthen and extend the network of contacts, Clubs and development groups throughout the Perth & Kinross area.
o Raise the profile of sport for people with a disability within the Perth & Kinross area and beyond.
• As an Official Charity of The 2014 Ryder Cup we plan to extend our partnerships to ensure that people with disabilities can access the sport of their choice. For more information about Perth & Kinross Disability Sport visit www.perthandkinrossdisabilitysport.com