European Tour Donates $100000 for Tsunami Aid


Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie, both members of the winning 2004 European Ryder Cup Team, have presented a checke for $100,000 from The European Tour International Relief Golf Fund to the Bank of Indonesia for the Tsunami Aid Appeal.
McGinley and Montgomerie made the donation on the eve of the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open at Cengkareng Golf Club, Jakarta, to the Deputy Senior Governor of the Bank of Indonesia, Miranda Gultom.
The Bank of Indonesia is co-ordinating aid donations for Indonesia's relief effort, including those from Standard Chartered Bank, and will be channelling the funds to the Indonesia Red Cross to further assist the Aid Appeal.
The presentation followed a visit by David Garland, The European Tour's Director of Tour Operations, and by representatives of the Indonesia Central Bank and Standard Chartered Bank to the Banda Aceh region of Indonesia which suffered enormous devastation when the Tsumani hit the coastline on December 26, 2004. More than 126,000 lost their lives, tens of thousands more are missing and 400,000 are homeless.
Garland said: 'The enormity of the suffering and hardship, as a result of the Tsunami, is evident to all and the images I have after visiting the area will live with me for the rest of my life. The European Tour is delighted to make this donation of $100,000 on behalf of our players and supporters, and on their behalf we thank all involved in the playing of the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open.'
Montgomerie said: 'It is imperative we realise and not forget what happened in December last year. It is also important to know Indonesia is rebuilding following the devastation caused by the Tsunami. We are appreciative of the superb efforts of all to stage this event and as players we will do all we can to continue to support the Tsunami Aid Appeal.'
In addition to the $100,000 cheque, further funds were raised during Pro-Am dinner from a charity auction including Ryder Cup memorabilia, signed flags and other items raising a further $ 40.000.
The European Tour International Relief Golf Fund was launched to provide a co-ordinated process for the sport to support the Aid Appeal for those whose lives have been devastated by the Tsunami. European Tour Members have been giving individually since the disaster but contributions include 19,437 from Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who donated his winnings from the South African Airways Open to support the Muralitharan/Vaas/Gunasakera Foundation in Sri Lanka. England's David Howell donated his winnings from the Royal Bank of Scotland Shot of the Year Award and Ireland's Padraig Harrington donated EUR50,000 after hosting a charity show in Dublin, assisting GOAL, an international humanitarian agency, whose activities include building 3,500 temporary shelters in Sri Lanka.
Among the donations from club golfers was one from the FOGS Golfing Society of Dubai, who raised 31,350 dirhams (4,500) from a tournament held at Nad Al Sheba.