Thursday, 20 November 2014
Matthew Baldwin  (Getty Images)
Matthew Baldwin (Getty Images)
A quick start from Matthew Baldwin has seen the DP World Tour Championship Charity Birdie Pledge account opened in support of this year’s Official Charities - Friends of Cancer Patients and the Special Needs Families Group.

The highly successful charity Birdie Pledge sees $50, $100 and $500 respectively donated by the Championship for each Birdie, Eagle and Albatross made by this week’s stellar field at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.  The total amount of birdies expected to be in the region of 900 over the course of the week producing a healthy $50,000 which will be divided equally between the local worthy charitable organisation enabling them to continue the fantastic work they do.

Title Sponsor DP World and The European Tour, via its charitable arm the Tour Players Foundation collaboratively chose the beneficiaries who and will continue to make a difference to make difference to lives in Dubai and the U.A.E.

Baldwin birdied the third for the first birdie of the week as the European Tour season draws to its conclusion.

Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) provides a broad spectrum of support for its patients that include; covering treatment expenses for chemotherapy, radiation and other needed medications, in addition to expenses for investigative and surgical procedures including costly bone marrow transplants. FOCP goes the extra mile and also provides transportation and food allowance for underprivileged cancer patients, facilitates in sending patients abroad for specialized treatment, provides prosthetic limbs, medical equipment and psychological and moral support for patients and their families.

Special Needs Families Group (SNFG) is a local organisation which specialises in providing holistic support to young adults with special needs through personalised and professional care at their Development Centre, which is situated in the Al Karama area of Dubai.    The support of the Tour Players’ Foundation to date has contributed to the development and expansion of their centre, tripling the size of the facility in Al Karama, which in turn has enabled them to significantly increase the number of students in their care since it was founded in 2007.

David Park, European Tour Charity Executive, said “It’s fantastic to see the Birdie Pledge got off to an early start and great that both Friends of Cancer Patients and the SNF Development Center are benefiting from the golf that we will see from the players this week.  Everyone at DP World Tour Championship and The European Tour are proud of the positive impact the event.”

The DP World Tour Championship has had a charity and CSR initiative through the Tour Players Foundation from the first tournament in 2009 when a donation of $50,000 was made to SNFG. Since then SNFG and other charities have received a further $200,000 in donations from the DP World Tour Championship making a grand total to date before the 2014 tournament of around $250,000.
 

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