The 22nd edition of the event saw players in the SPAR Charity Golf Day at Humewood in Port Elizabeth donate the funds for the beneficiaries. The announcement was made by group housebrands manager Graham Classens, the instigator of the golf day initiative over twenty years ago.
Tanya Jackson of the Smile Foundation said: “We are ecstatic at the generous donation. SPAR have supported us over a number of years through visiting our Smile Week at the Provincial Hospital and by assisting us at the River Mile. This is the first time we have been involved with the golf day and we are very excited about that. The funds would be used to cover the various needs of children with facial conditions – including surgery, transport and consumables – as well as to train surgeons countrywide.”
Ryan le Roux of the Love Story said: “This sort of contribution helps us to distribute more food parcels and to impact more people. We just could not achieve what we do without the support of organisations like SPAR, who do a lot more for us than just this golf day. Love Story’s primary objective is to make sure the homeless and the needy are fed, supplying around 45,000 meals a month across 20 to 25 soup kitchens in the metro.”
Inge Human, manager of Wings and Wishes said: “We never say no to a child who needs critical surgery and, as you can understand, flights can get expensive because we always cater for a child and a parent. This sort of support just enables us to help more people in need of assistance. We help about 160 families per month and it’s tough for non-government agencies out there and this is wonderful support. We are very grateful to SPAR Eastern Cape for this opportunity.”