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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 02:00

ICC Golf Day Raises R 1 million for charity

The ICC Group held their annual charity golf day on the 12th April at Woodhill Country Club and successfully raised R1 million. The proceeds go towards over 20 community projects identified by ICC, with the The Smile Foundation receiving a large portion of the funds.

The Golf Day was fully subscribed with 144 of ICC's business partners taking to the fairways and showing their support for the charities. Over the past decade, these golf days have raised in excess of ten million rand for charity, with this years reaching the R1 million mark.

Gert Scheepers, CEO of the ICC Group commented: "Although the motto for the golf day is 'having fun for charity', I believe that it is also necessary for us to lend our thoughts to those who are less fortunate and to realise the importance of the role of South African business with regards to social responsibility."

The list of charities includes the likes of the SOS children's home in Mamelodi, the disabled people of Kwathema, the Morning Star nursery, Elim Hlanganani Society for the care of the aged and Botho pele soup kitchen to name a few. Michelle Gerszt from The Smile Foundation attended the golf day and prize giving event and thankfully accepted the cheque to the value of R150 000 presented by Gert Scheepers.

The Smile Foundation was born in 2000 as the Star Smile Fund following the request of Nelson Mandela to secure surgery for a young child suffering from a rare syndrome causing facial nerve paralysis. Today, the Smile Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings people together for the purpose of providing expert surgical intervention, creating greater social involvement and enabling sensible corporate social investment - to make a difference in the lives of children with facial anomalies.

Fun was certainly the order of the day, with the theme of uniquely South African playing through in each element of the event. Hole sponsors were also incentivised to run the best "watering hole" for the day, ensuring enjoyable experiences at many of the tee boxes on the course. Golfers were also treated to an extra special surprise with hilarous results, thanks to prangster Jady Heyns who posed as a very opinionated and impolite course marshal. Golfers also received a goods hamper to the value of R1000 of various food products donated by members, a goodie bag with shirt and cap on arrival and a braai pack at the prize giving dinner adding to the value of the day.

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