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Gary Player Takes Message of Love and Giving To China

1.37am 4th November 2013 - People

Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola
Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola

The Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola will make another significant contribution to the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS when the seventh playing of China’s premier charity golf event takes to Shanghai from 4-5 November.

This week the “Union of Golf and Giving” will return to Shanghai Links and the JingAn Shangri-La for a star-studded gala and pro-am tournament featuring prominent businessmen, celebrities, and professional golfers. Tournament host Gary Player is looking forward to another successful event as support continues to build into The Player Foundation’s 30th anniversary.

“It is a great honour for The Player Foundation and myself to collaborate with Coca-Cola to support sustainable community development and make a positive impact on the lives of the AIDS-affected children,” said Player. “I hope that through this initiative we are able to give more AIDS-affected children a better future.”

As one of China’s most successful charity events, the Gary Player Invitational has raised over RMB 50 million for the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS. “We are happy to see the great achievement of the GPI in benefiting the AIDS-affected children in the past few years and are happy to be part of it,” said David G Brooks, Chairman, Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea.

“With the legacy of 126 years, Coca-Cola is dedicated to giving back to the community, and endeavours to make a positive difference through collaboration with business, government and community as well as through the contribution of our staff. Working together with our partners, we aim to champion sustainability and promote a better future in the communities.”

Throughout its history, the tournament has benefited more than 12,654 AIDS-affected children across four provinces and autonomous regions in China, providing them with long-term living allowances, financial aid, medical assistance and psychological counselling.

Additionally, a total of 205 AIDS-affected families including 710 AIDS-affected women in Yunnan province have received support, with housing aid for 56 families and university scholarships for 93 AIDS-affected children from the area.

The support provided to those impacted by AIDS and STDs in China is just a fraction of the work and aid funded through The Player Foundation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Having raised more than $50 million dollars in three decades, The Player Foundation is continuing to spread hope and aid to underprivileged children around the world through funds raised at the global Gary Player Invitational series events.

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