South African Tour Pledges Tsunami Relief


In the wake of the devastation caused by the tsunami on Boxing Day, South Africa's major golfing bodies have joined together to pledge support to the relief effort in South East Asia, with the establishment of a SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund on Friday.
The collaborative efforts of South Africa's six most prominent golf organizations promises to raise a significant amount of money to aid development procedures in the 11 seriously afflicted Asian countries.
'We have had several emotional calls from our members who feel immense compassion for the countries dealt such a heart-rending blow by the effect of this Tsunami tragedy,' said Johan Immelman, commissioner for the Southern Africa PGA Tour.
'This prompted us to initiate a SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund and to join with golf organizations in South Africa and around the world to help the devastated region on the long road back to recovery. We were all shocked by the incident and it is heartwarming to witness the immediacy and generosity of the reaction to offer aid.'
On behalf of the members of the PGA of SA we support the relief fund globally,' said Craig Ross, Chairman of the PGA of SA. 'In the face of this disaster the pulling together of various cultures not only in the East but throughout the world showing compassion, sympathy and the willingness to help is the simplicity of all cultures. Through simplicity we break down all barriers and get down to what is needed in the disaster areas.'
'All golfers in South Africa have been moved by the horrendous natural disaster in South East Asia,' said Dr. Neels Steyn, President of the South African Golf Association. 'As hosts to the World Amateur Teams Championships in 2006 we feel closely aligned to our Asian counterparts.
'We proudly associate ourselves with the other golfing bodies in South Africa and appeal to all golfers to support the initiatives for the Tsunami appeals. Golf in South Africa has been the medium of numerous charity appeals over the years - we are needed now more than ever before.'
Wendy Appelbaum, Chairperson of the Ladies Professional Golf Association of South Africa (LPGASA), said: 'We are glad to show solidarity as part of South African golf in this initiative. Our hearts go out to the victims of the Tsunami and we are proud to offer a helping hand.'
Echoing the sentiments of the other golf bodies, Executive Director of the 2004 Women's World Cup of Golf at The Links, Fancourt, Tania Fourie added: 'With the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf on our doorstep, we urge everyone in the golfing community touched by this travesty, to donate generously to the SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund.'
'Having seen the devastation and suffering caused by nature, we are motivated to give what we can to help them rebuild their world,' said Alma Truss, Chairperson for the South African Ladies Golf Union (SALGU).
The SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund aligns itself with recently established U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund and the European Tour's International Relief Golf Fund.