JDRF is delighted to announce that it has been selected by The Professional Golfers’ Association (The PGA) South as their associate charity of the year for 2012.
JDRF and The PGA will be working together to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, as well as encouraging members of The PGA to get involved with JDRF by taking on an exciting challenge or donating money. All funds raised will go towards supporting JDRF’s ground-breaking research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
Sam Smith, Secretary of The PGA South, said: “Our members are a fantastic international mix and JDRF is the perfect charitable partner for us with its international reach, yet local focus. It is perfectly aligned with our own approach to business and serving the golfing community. We look forward to raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and raising funds for JDRF to benefit all those living with this pernicious condition”.
The partnership kicked off on 18 May 2012 with the PGA’s first event of the season, The PGA Woosnam-Faldo Challenge Pro-Am. With more events due to be announced over the coming months, a particular highlight of the season will be the JDRF Pro-Am golf tournament. Taking place on 13 September 2012 at the beautiful Stoke Park, teams of amateur golfers will be joined on the course by top golf professionals from the UK and further afield for an unforgettable day's golf. The PGA has also donated a variety of exciting golfing and non-golfing opportunities to JDRF for auction prizes.
The partnership is backed by Robert Coles (pictured), a PGA Member and European Tour Professional: “I know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes - I have lived with it since I was diagnosed in 1998. As a professional golfer when I play the course I also play my type 1, but with type 1 I never get a rest day. That is why I am so delighted to ask you to join me in supporting JDRF along with The PGA in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.”
Click here to find out more about The PGA and JDRF partnership, and to find out about upcoming events.