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Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Open 2015
Date: 25 May 2015
Source: Mongoose Publishing

Expatriate Golfers Raise Over RM78,000 for Local Children’s Charities

Three worthy causes are the real winners as the Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Open played at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club raises record amount

25 MAY 2015, Kuala Lumpur – The Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Golf Open 2015 has raised a record RM78,310 for Malaysian children’s charities. The event took place at the prestigious Kota Permai Golf and Country Club on Friday 22nd May and the money raised will be divided equally between the Home of Peace, the Special Children Society of Ampang (SCSOA) and Protect and Save the Children Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (PS. The Children).

Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Open 2015
The 80 golfers before tee off at the Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Open

2015 marks the sixth year that Expatriate Lifestyle, Malaysia’s biggest expatriate magazine, has organised this event with 100% of registration fees going to the charities. Additionally, a raffle and auction were enthusiastically participated in, generating the record amount which eclipses last year’s figure of RM61,000.

Over 80 amateur golfers attended the 18-hole charity tournament, overseen by tournament director, Rick Currin of City Golf. All the attendees commented on the outstanding facilities and high quality of the course at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Representatives and over thirty children from the recognised charities attended a lunch and cheque presentation before the children were treated to a golf clinic as a professional tutored them at the driving range. The children were given gift bags, sponsored by Faber-Castell Malaysia, with other items including tickets to Dinoscovery donated by Discoveria, t-shirts, student planners by Sunway University, Australian University Program (AUP), and board games courtesy of Meeples.

The day kicked off with lunch, followed by a full day of golf with refreshments being served on the course, courtesy of 100 Plus and Ice Mountain Water. The day of golfing action was followed by a dinner, raffle, charity auction and the prize giving ceremony. Mr Henry Tattersfield won the gross overall tournament and was thus named as the top amateur expatriate golfer in Malaysia. There were also nett contests for handicap 0-11 and 12-22 and a longest drive competition won by Mr Alex MacGregor for a drive of 287 metres.

There were no less than three Hole-in-One competitions on the day, with potential prizes of a Volvo V40, Etihad Airways flights and RM30,000 cash sponsored by Hole in One. Unfortunately none of the golfers managed to ace their tee shots on the day, so the prizes were left unclaimed.

After the day’s golf, players withdrew to the Kota Permai ballroom for dinner, drinks and celebration. Prizes, auction and raffle items were kindly provided courtesy of various Malaysian companies who partnered the event. 2015 sponsors and partners include City Golf, Volvo, Etihad, Hole in One, Haig Club, Allied Pickfords, 100 Plus, Corporate Information Travel, MST Golf, and YTL Hotels.

Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Open 2015
EL Editor Antoine Commare presents cheques from registration fees to the charity homes. More funds were raised in the evening through an auction and raffle sales.

As ever, the valued support of the partners and sponsors made the day, along with the outstanding contribution from the players: on and off the course. Their generosity meant that the real winners of the Expatriate Lifestyle Charity Golf Open 2015 were the three local children’s charities who share more than RM78,000.


Overall Champion (Gross)
The Best Amateur Golfer in Malaysia: Henry Tattersfield
First Runner-Up: Calle Lund
Second Runner-Up: Andrew Chez

Nett Champion (Handicap 0 -11)
Champion: Alex Macgregor
First Runner-Up: William Houng Lee
Second Runner-Up: Alistair Guthrie

Nett Champion (Handicap 12-24)
Champion: Erik Marell
First Runner-Up: Gregg Hobbs
Second Runner-Up: Frank Stocek

Longest Drive: Alex Macgregor (287 meters)

The beneficiaries for 2015 are as follows:

Protect and Save The Children Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (PS. The Children)
P.S. The Children began in April 1999 as a project in response to the need for a voice for sexually abused children. It was soon clear that there was a void to be filled, and so by the end of 2001, P.S. The Children was established as a full-fledged non-profit association. In a move towards a world that upholds the rights and dignity of every child, P.S. The Children’s vision is to build safer communities where children are protected from sexual abuse and exploitation; we aim to achieve this by advocating and establishing effective prevention education for both adults and children; strengthening treatment and support services whilst at the same time forging synergistic partnerships within communities.

The Home of Peace
Home of Peace was established in 1992 and provides a home in Taman Bukit Indah for up to 20 girls. Emphasis is placed on giving the girls a loving family environment and the encouragement and support to help them realise their full potential. Hard work has paid off with several of the girls now working and living in KL and one of the girls recently accepting a place in New Zealand where she is studying a 3 year teaching certificate course in Early Childhood Education.

The Special Children Society of Ampang
The Special Children Society of Ampang is a non-profit organization that provides special care and education for children with physical, developmental and learning disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and prader-willi, delayed and slow learners. Its aim is to provide quality and meaningful education, which will fulfill the child’s potential and also to provide support to families and caring individuals. Has individualized education plans, early intervention programs, life skills, music, swimming, arts & craft, horse-riding and cooking sessions.