Melbourne, AUS – Following the success of the 2016 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club, tournament officials, joined by ISPS Handa patron and former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, presented a $700,000 donation from tournament proceeds to The Handa Foundation management team at the Handa Medical Center in Battambang, Cambodia.
“On behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, it is an honor to not only make this contribution to The Handa Foundation, but to also be here and see, first hand, the meaningful impact that this foundation is having,” said Tournament Director Robyn Cooper. “The motto of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf has been to promote international goodwill through golf. Today, making this donation and being here to see its impact, is a fantastic example of how this event is delivering on this vision which was created more than 60 years ago.”
According to ISPS Handa patron John Key, “It is a privilege, as the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, to once again be back in Cambodia. I am excited to experience firsthand the tremendous contribution that's been made by The Handa Foundation to improve the lives of so many people in this country.”
In 2012 Dr. Haruhisa Handa founded a new International NGO called The Handa Foundation, which has been registered in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Cambodia. It is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit organization with the mission of building sustainable hospitals, schools, farms and sports centers in Southeast Asia. It receives funding from generous individuals and organizations, and is driven by Dr. Handa’s visionary leadership. More information about our mission and programs is available at www.thehandafoundation.org.
Two of the foundation’s largest programs are the Handa Medical Center in Battambang, Cambodia and the 109-Bed Emergency Hospital located adjacent to it. The hospital is the largest of its kind in the country and is located in a region that remains heavily effected by landmines left from decades of war. Today the hospital provides care for more than 1,200 traffic and landmine accident victims each month, and since it opened in 1998 it has treated approximately half of the country’s 50,000 landmine survivors. In addition to generous donations, the foundation also benefits from partnerships with Stanford University in the US, Curtin University in Australia, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and a joint farming project with USAID.
According to Mr. Kevin O’Brien, Country Director of The Handa Foundation, “I could not be more excited about this donation from the International Federation of PGA Tours. The game of golf has the ability to bring people together and harness their good will in amazing ways. I wish everyone who was a part of the World Cup in Melbourne could have been here today to celebrate this incredibly generous donation.”
Denmark won the 2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf for the first time in the 58th staging of the event, as Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a thrilling four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club. The Danes had been a dominant force all week; with a stunning round of 60 in the fourballs in the second round helping them carry a four-shot lead into a final day where they played the same format.
In addition to the donation, the tournament also provided financial assistance to its two local charity partners in Australia, the Starlight Foundation and Monash Children’s Hospital.
About ISPS HANDA - ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.
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Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, (904) 273-3286, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Cooper, World Cup of Golf, Tournament Director, +61 (0) 438246242, email@example.com