The organizers of the Swing for Life charity golf tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on National Day, September 2, are confident of raising at least US$60,000 to upgrade a clinic in a poor ward in District 9.
The annual tournament’s seventh staging at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club in this district is a joint effort by the venue’s operators, the Saigon Golf Association and the Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients, the organizers told a Thursday press conference.
|The organizers tell reporters about the 7th Swing for Life charity golf tournament. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)|
The competitors are both Vietnamese and foreign, both professional and amateur.
Main sponsor PepsiCo. Vietnam is contributing slightly more than US$20,000. The major sponsors are Long Thanh Golf Club, which is donating US$6,000, Kinh Do Corp., Norfolk Group, Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, Palazzo Club and Vietnam Golf and Country Club, who are giving US$5,000 each.
The co-sponsors signed up so far are Him Lam Co., the construction company Lili, Prudential, Vietnam Air Caterers, Hong Bao Corp., Nhat Vu Co., Majestic Hotel, Sheraton Saigon Hotel, Hoa Vien Restaurant, Saigontourist, and magazine Golf and Life.
Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper is among the tournament’s media sponsors.
This year’s honorary patrons are former Ho Chi Minh City mayor Vo Viet Thanh and former deputy mayor Nguyen Van Huan.
For the most outstanding golfers there are prizes of a Mercedes-Benz sedan (for the first hole-in-one) and return air tickets to foreign cities.
The Sheraton Saigon Hotel will host the award presentation dinner, for which the organizers are selling tickets at US$25 each.
|At the press conference, the Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients’ chairman, Nguyen Vinh Nghiep, thanks the sponsors. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)|
Saigon Golf Association vice president Ho Hung Van told the press conference that the organizers already had US$65,000 in hand for the refurbishment of Long Truong Ward Clinic in District 9, which is estimated to cost US$60,000. He said US$25,000 would go to the upgrade and the remaining US$35,000 to building an emergency room.
Starting in 2000, Swing for Life raised US$42,000, US$45,000, US$50,000, US$65,000, US$70,000 and US$80,000 for charity in each year to 2005. These figures are higher than each year’s target. Most of the charitable donations have been transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients.