The organizers of the Swing for Life charity golf tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on National Day September 2 raised US$71,000 to upgrade a clinic in a poor ward of District 9.
|The tournament organizers run auctions (Photo: Tuong Thuy)|
The organizers – the Saigon Golf Association, the Vietnam Golf and Country Club and the Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients – expected to raise US$60,000 for this purpose, but the result was better.
This was partly thanks to US$8,800 collected from auctions of three paintings, a golf club, a bronze bell from a pagoda and a Nokia cell phone. The auctions took place during the award ceremony for the tournament’s winners at the five-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel on the same day.
|Mr. Nguyen Van Huan presents a prize to Ms. Nguyen Thu Giang, a winner in the tournament (Photo: Tuong Thuy)|
The seventh annual tournament was staged at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club in District 9 with the participation of 125 Vietnamese and 45 foreigners. Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper was among the tournament’s media sponsors.
The honorary patrons were former Ho Chi Minh City mayor Vo Viet Thanh and former deputy mayor Nguyen Van Huan.
The raised sum will be use to refurbish Long Truong Ward Clinic and build an emergency room for it.
The Swing for Life tournament has collected more than US$410,000 since its inception in 2000, and each year saw a figure higher than before. All charitable donations have been transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients and the city’s Red Cross.