Sunday, 28 November 2010
Oliver Wilson   (Getty Images)
Oliver Wilson (Getty Images)

As players competed for golf’s ultimate prize, local children also benefited from the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World.

The Special Needs Families Group and Dubai Autism Centre are the two chosen charities of the Dubai World Championship this week, with both receiving donations of $25,000 from the Tour Players Foundation following the presentation of a cheque of $50,000 from Genworth Financial to the Tour Players Foundation for its support of the Putts4Charity Initiative (P4C) with the donation marking the P4C Putter of the Year, an award given to the player making the most on-course one putts at P4C events with Maarten Lafeber came out on top.  Both charities will also benefit from an equal share in fund-raising activities at Jumeirah Golf Estates including a shoot out competition on the public area of the driving range.

The Special Needs Families Group is a local organization in Dubai that specialises in providing holistic support to young adults with special needs through personalized and professional care at their SNF Children Development Centre situated in the Al Kamara area of Dubai.

The Tour Players Foundation made their first donation to the SNF Group during last year’s championship and TPF Trustees Scott Kelly and Jonathan Orr, and representatives from the European Tour Wives Association, Emma Stenson, Henrik's wife and also a TPF Trustee, and Lauren Smith, fiancée to Oliver Wilson, returned to see the progress made over the past 12 months.  That initial donation enabled them to extend their facility and double the children they are able to care for while this year's donation will secure the operation of the facility over the coming year.

Some of the children also had the opportunity to visit the Dubai World Championship earlier in the week, enjoying a Tour of the Earth Course and a putting lesson and a golf clinic from Henrik Stenson and Oliver Wilson.

The Dubai Austism Centre, based in Dubai Creek, is a centre of excellence with highly trained professionals providing accredited programs to support individuals with Autism and their families. As an internationally recognized Autism consultancy centre for the region, it aims to successfully integrate children with Autism into the community through an holistic approach to intervention and therapies, together with focused efforts to create social awareness about Autism.

Jonathan Orr, Financial Director of The European Tour and a Trustee of the TPF, said: “Speaking on behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank Genworth Financial for this donation which will benefit our two chosen charities. We visited the SNF Centre last year after a donation from Genworth and on our return this week we could see the difference it has made. They had doubled the size of their unit and are now looking after 35 children so it is a massive thank you, from us the Trustees, to Genworth for their support.”


The SNF Group, Dubai
THE SNF CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, a centre with the ultimate goal of integrating the special needs individuals into society as independent, motivated individuals. SNF aspires to better prepare its students for mainstream life via personal management, functional academics and society participation for leisure and vocational skill development.

Who we are

The SNF Children Development Centre commenced operations in April 2007 as an extension of the Special Needs Families Support Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The aim of the Centre is primarily to provide an institution for young adults with special needs who are in need of occupational and vocational training and furthermore, for SNF to join hands with the special needs fraternity in Dubai. Download our brochure to learn more about us.

What do we do

The Centre is a dedicated facility for young adults with special needs who would like to enhance their lives by contributing to the community in their own special way. Qualified and certified staff members assist in escalating integration in mainstream society by imparting training specific to every individual’s potential and vocational needs.


Dubai Autism Centre
Our Vision

A centre of excellence having highly trained professionals to provide accredited programs to support individuals with Autism and their families, to be an internationally recognized Autism consultancy centre for the region.

Our Mission

To successfully integrate children with Autism into the community through our holistic approach to intervention and therapies, together with our focused efforts to create social awareness about Autism.


To run an educational centre/school for children with Autism.
To support local authorities in the development of their own specialist services toward Autism.
To publish a range of books and leaflets about Autism to support families and professionals.
To have a library that parents and researchers can use.
To run an Autism helpline for parents and caregivers.
To organize conferences and training programmes.
To offer specialist assessments and diagnosis.
To provide consultancy services to professionals and organizations working in the field of Autism.
To encourage research in the field of Autism.
To offer an accredited program for Autism-specific education.
To support local groups and families around the country.
To raise awareness and create a better understanding of Autism.

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