As founding partners of The Sports Trust, Nedbank and Sun International are key partners in the drive to use the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player as one of the premier fundraising events for the trust.
The Sports Trust Challenge is the main vehicle for this. It takes place on the Monday following the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and features golfers who have bid on the privilege to play in this event, taking on the Gary Player Country Club as it was set up for some of the world’s best professionals the day before.
Since the tournament became part of the European Tour and Rolex Series, The Player Foundation has been the main beneficiary of The Sports Trust Challenge. Last year it supported the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School, which was started in 1983 and today takes care of 250 preschool learners between the ages of three and six from the disadvantaged community around Lanseria.
The Sports Trust also supports the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) and the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) through the provision of a fourball for its top golfers in The Sports Trust Challenge.
This year, the SAGDB will be represented by Celiwe Biyela from KwaMashu and André van Dyk from Klerksdorp. Biyela is currently a member of the SAGDB National Squad and has also rep-resented her province at various levels of the game. Van Dyk has represented South Africa internationally and had a lowest round of 63.
“The SAGDB sincerely appreciates the opportunity given to our players to be part of The Sports Trust Challenge. It broadens the golf and life experience of these players. It also presents a platform for us to showcase some of our talented players among the business leaders in the country, which in itself presents different opportunities to these players and to the SAGDB. We are grateful for our longstanding relationship with The Sports Trust and hope to keep building on this,” says Grant Hepburn, CEO of the SAGDB and GolfRSA.
‘The Sports Trust Challenge enables Nedbank to demonstrate its brand essence by using our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society. The Nedbank Golf Challenge plays an integral part to inspire and aid our future champions beyond the actual tournament,’ says Tobie Badenhorst, Nedbank’s Head of Sponsorships and Cause Marketing.
Daren Hanekom, winner of the Deaf Golfer Division at the 2018 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, will represent SADGA in The Sports Trust Challenge. Hanekom became part of SADGA’s First Swing Program while still in Grade 8. He currently works as a SADGA coach in the Western Cape, and will start his studies for a PGA of South Africa Coaching Diploma in 2019.
Ken Payet, Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, says, “The Sports Trust Golf Challenge was started in 1999 and provided a unique opportunity for business leaders to come together and participate in this annual fundraising event. Funds raised have made golf and sport more accessible to the youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and continues to make an impact outside the ropes and in South African communities.”