The second annual M-Net Cares Drive for the Cause National Final, in association with Liberty Medical Scheme, was hosted on Monday, 19 November at Randpark Golf Club. This event was a culmination of 16 golf days, eight clinics and the National Final, which saw a total of R636 038.00 raised for two beneficiaries namely M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project and PinkDrive. The 2012 M-Net Cares Drive for the Cause National Final was rounded off with a star-studded prize-giving dinner. Golfers, sponsors, celebrity guests and media celebrated the cheque handover to Pink Drive Breast Cancer and M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project of R318 095.00 respectively.
The event, which was organised by Cloud9Golf, aims to help raise funds and awareness for both organisations by hosting golf days and clinics throughout the year. The golf days offer a vehicle for corporates to sponsor 4-balls and holes, as well as to help raise funds through raffle ticket sales.
M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project, hosts reading workshops for grade three learners and also empowers teachers in under-privileged schools around the country. M-Net Cares has also set up libraries and reading corners in various schools and homes , in the hopes of leaving a lasting legacy of reading for the children.
Koo Govender, M-Net Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications, says these golf events assist in reaching disadvantaged children in poor communities that don’t have access to libraries. “Through the funds raised this year, we have been able to donate a container library to Sive School for the Deaf in the Eastern Cape and also set up reading corners at various disadvantaged schools. Our ultimate goal with M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project is to reach as many communities and touch as young learners as possible.”
The second initiative, PinkDrive goes into disadvantaged communities and provides mammography tests, education and awareness on Breast Cancer. The funds raised will help PinkDrive to continue to provide affordable, convenient mammography services to women and offer free scanning and education to disadvantaged communities via local clinics, community health centres and specified hospitals with no oncology facilities.
At the prize-giving dinner, the winners of each National Final category walked away with prizes valued at over R15 000 in total from sponsors such as TaylorMade, M-Net Cares, DStv, Diana Carmichael, Olea, Sodexo and Beau Beau Belle wines.
Glenvista Country Club received the award for the Ambassador Golf Club, which raised the most funds for the second year in a row. “R50 950 in one fundraising golf day is not an easy task and Glenvista were saluted for their amazing efforts, commitment and donation to the Drive for the Cause Campaign,” says Gina Read, owner of Cloud9Golf and founder of the Drive for the Cause Campaign.
Over R110 000 worth of prizes were handed out to winners on the evening. The prizes included getaways from Legend Golf & Safari Resort, The Hyatt Regency Oubaai, Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Phakalane Golf Estate, Sibaya Resort and Casino, Tsogo Sun as well as PVR decoders and DStv Walkas.
Sponsored holes added an element of fun and value to the day and included companies like SuperSport, First Car Rental, The Hyatt Regency Oubaai, Legend Golf & Safari Resort, Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, Phakalane Golf Estate, Peugeot, PizBuin, ReVite, Bene Spring Water, V-Energy Drink, 100% Wilde Fruit Juice, Stuttafords, Sibaya Resort and Casino, Stonehouse Mountain Lodge, Tsogo Sun, Olea, Blinc Corporate, Cancom, DSTV Mobile, DSTV Premium, The Skills Factory, Sodexo, Beau Belle wines, Vusalela Spa, PelePele Travel, Emerald Casino, Alive Advertising, Culinary Company Good Fellas, Guvon, Premier Hotel Cape Manor, Builders Warehouse and Compleat Golfer.
There was an opportunity for one of the golfers on the day to win R200 000 on Hole 17 (sponsored by Blinc Corporate) for scoring a hole-in-one. However, none of the golfers won this exciting prize of R100 000 and a R100 000.00 donation to the Drive for the Cause Campaign.
“We had another successful National Final and Cloud9Golf would like to thank both M-Net Cares and Liberty Medical Scheme for their ongoing commitment to this campaign. Their continued support makes our vision possible.” says Read.
Further thanks goes to new co-sponsors Mint Management Technologies, Technology Innovation Agency, TaylorMade, adidas and The Golfers Club, as well as corporate companies, sponsors and the golfing community at large for their dedication and passion for Drive for a Cause.
(Press Release, November 2012)