. Donation part of Kilmacolm's Ryder Cup Charity Challenge
. Kilmacolm's members thanked for their efforts
Before heading to Gleneagles last week, the Ryder Cup trophy traveled to Kilmacolm Golf Club as members presented official charity of the Gleneagles event, Quarriers, with a donation of £13,000.
Adding a special element to Kilmacolm’s Ryder Cup summer ball, the trophy visit and donation were part of the club’s participation in the 2014 Ryder Cup Charity Challenge.
The Challenge was open to golf clubs across Scotland, with participating clubs receiving general admission season passes for the match at Gleneagles in exchange for raising funds for official charities.
As well as the ball, the club held numerous fundraising events and activities throughout the season, including social events, golf competitions, auctions and draws across the entire club. All the money raised went towards Quarriers’ 2014 Ryder Cup appeal.
Money put towards Quarriers’ Coaching for Life programme
Kilmacolm’s gesture will help deliver Quarriers pioneering Coaching for Life initiative. This offers support and guidance for young people who are facing disadvantages such as homelessness, leaving care, emotional trauma and neglected education.
"The appeal, which will help fund our Coaching for Life initiative, has the potential to have a significant impact." - Trish Godman, Quarriers
Through the initiative, participating young people work with a dedicated Life Coach towards a more positive future, focusing on everything from participating in new activities to finding education or employment opportunities.
Trish Godman, chair of Quarriers’ board of trustees, is sure the money will make a positive difference to many young peoples lives.
“Kilmacolm Golf Club and its members have shown such fantastic support for our 2014 Ryder Cup appeal and we are extremely grateful for their efforts and generosity,” said Godman.
“Not every young person has the best start to life and the appeal, which will help fund our Coaching for Life initiative, has the potential to have a significant impact and ensure the 2014 Ryder Cup has a lasting legacy on Scotland’s young people.”
Delighted to support the Coaching for Life scheme, Malcolm McDonald, captain at Kilmacolm Golf Club, praised his members efforts during the campaign.
“Quarriers is a fantastic charity giving kids who have had a difficult start the opportunities to improve their life chances,” said McDonald.
“Our members have pulled out all the stops in raising funds for the charity’s 2014 Ryder Cup appeal. The Coaching for Life initiative is a very worthy cause and one which we’re very proud to be supporting.
“We have hosted numerous events throughout the season and the ball committee worked tirelessly to make the grand ball a great success as well.
“The auction was particularly well received and I would like to thank Brian Clements, owner and MD of McTears Auctioneers, for his excellent delivery on the night.”