Sales of the Official Ryder Cup Programme at The K Club last month have resulted in the significant sum of €61,756 being raised for two charitable causes – the Darren Clarke Foundation and the Dublin-based Links Golfing Society.
Ryder Cup Europe LLP donated €1 of the €10 cover price of the programme to each charity and with sales totalling 30,878 from Europe’s record-equalling 18 Â½ – 9 Â½ victory over the United States, the two charities will each benefit by €30,878.
The money to the Darren Clarke Foundation will help breast cancer awareness and research, while the Links Golfing Society, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will assist the purchase of minibuses for special causes across the length and breadth of Ireland.
At The 2006 Ryder Cup, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and representatives of Ryder Cup Europe LLP handed over 20 minibuses purchased from a series of initiatives involving The Ryder Cup, which raised €800,000 for the Society.
Clarke, who played a key role in Europe’s success, winning three points out of three, said, “I would like to thank Ryder Cup Europe for their generosity in donating €1 from each programme sold to our two respective charities. My Foundation will benefit greatly from this substantial contribution, which is a tribute to the enthusiasm of the Irish golfing public, who bought the programme in such large numbers.”
Cecil Whelan, secretary of the Links Golfing Society, added, “This is a wonderful gesture by Ryder Cup Europe and we are delighted to accept the sum of €30,878 from the sale of the Official Programmes. The Links Golfing Society could not function without the close cooperation of so many people in the game of golf and we are indebted to all our friends within The Ryder Cup organisation for their invaluable support.”