Friday, 19 March 2010
Genworth generates more funds for charity  (EuropeanTour)
Genworth generates more funds for charity (EuropeanTour)
The Mercedes-Benz Championship provided the latest backdrop for Genworth Financial’s ‘Putts for Charity’ initiative, generating an impressive €29,636 for this year’s beneficiary, SOS Children’s Villages.
 
The programme, run in conjunction with the Tour Players’ Foundation, took place over the duration of the tournament, adding to the €330,000 already raised since ‘Putts for Charity’ was launched in 2007. For every one putt made by the Tour Professionals on course the Genworth Foundation donated €2, and for every one putt made by visitors to Genworth’s putting green, €1 was donated.
 
Players including Germany’s Alex Cejka, England’s Nick Dougherty, Ireland’s Paul McGinley and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson also joined in the fundraising fun by joining tournament spectators in the tented village and sinking their own one putts.
 
“It’s great to bring ‘Putts for Charity’ back to Germany, and on this occasion donating money to SOS Children’s Villages,” said Martin Ring, a director of the Genworth Foundation. “They are a very worthy beneficiary doing some great work, as they help needy children around the world. We’ve seen some fine putting here at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, adding to that all-important fundraising total.”
 
Peter Weichmann, of SOS Children’s Villages, added: “Genworth Financial will be taking ‘Putts for Charity’ to five different destinations on The European Tour Schedule in 2009. It not only raises vital money for SOS Children’s Villages, but the initiative also provides important publicity for our charity. We look forward to linking up with Genworth at the Madrid Masters in October, and keeping the fundraising momentum going.”

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