By SYDNEY MORWENG
Close to R12, 2 million was presented to the world’s golf icon Gary Player as a birthday present.
This is after teaming up with celebrated soft drink Coca Cola to help raise the money for the Chinese Aids Orphans at the recent Gary Player Invitational in China.
Since its inception in 2007, the Gary Player Invitational China has raised over R22 million for Aids orphans in Yunnan, Hubel Anhui and Xinjiang, China.
Black Knight International, which is the brainchild of Gary Player, is responsible for fundraising for good causes both locally and internationally.
Having turned 75 years-old last week and celebrated in China, the Grand Slam winner was left speechless by the generosity of the invited professional golfers, celebrities and businessmen who made this one of the most successful tournaments in the history of this global charity series, which also travels to Europe, America and South Africa to raise funds for underprivileged children.
“We are very pleased with the development of this GPI with Coca-Cola in China over the past four years. The results have exceeded our expectations,” said the excited Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International.
Another highlight of the auction was the winning bid of R979 000 for an hour-long lesson with celebrated Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, who also performed at the dinner.
“Raising money for charity is difficult in the current economic times, but this is an unbelievable milestone for us,” said Player, who himself contributed R773 000 to the Gala Dinner Auction as the winning bid for a trip for two from Hong Kong to Europe.
The South African event takes place at The Links at Fancourt from 18-21 November
Tickets are selling like hot cakes and still available at Computicket.