Els for Autism Fundraiser at Els Club Copperleaf
An Els for Autism regional fundraiser was held recently at Els Club Copperleaf (pictured above) for the Ernie Els Centre for Autism in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The centre currently works with 100 families affected by autism and the plan is to continue to grow this in both size and in the level of services provided.
Kerri-Lyn Kelly, Director of the Ernie Els Centre for Autism commented: "We are currently providing 100 lower-resourced parents of children with autism with free comprehensive training to learn how to teach their child. These families cannot afford access to schools and treatment for their autistic kids. We strive to empower them with the tools and knowledge they need to take control of their child's education. In the future, we hope to raise enough funds to open additional learning centres across South Africa, and particularly in rural communities, so that more children can have access to the effective education they deserve".
A field of over 100 golfers converged on Els Club Copperleaf, which was themed in green and gold to celebrate the International Rugby Test Series currently being played between the Springboks and England. Conditions were fine, but a light breeze kept the scores in check initially. After the turn the conditions eased up and some red-hot scores were carded - most notably by Michael McBain (Hyatt) and Warren Haefele (Tsogo Sun) who grabbed top spot with an impressive 48 points.
Having fun was the order of the day and trick-shot artist Michael Scholz had the crowd in stitches as he demonstrated his uncanny ball-striking ability with a variety of trick shots with elaborate props and costumes. He then did a sterling job as MC and auctioneer, and at the end of the evening had helped the centre raise some considerable funds toward their upcoming projects.
The winning pair of McBain and Haefele, graciously donated their fantastic prize of a couples holiday to the Oubaai Hyatt back to be auctioned in aid of the centre, and this contributed significantly to the funds raised. One of the other big winners on the night was Rob Gordon who won a place in the Els for Autism Pro Am in December 2012. This event will be the highlight of the year for the Autism Centre's fundraising efforts and will be held at Erinvale Golf Club in Somerset West. For more information on how to get involved in the Pro Am, please contact Annie Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A charitable golf day such as this doesn't reach the heights that it did without an incredible team effort from a variety of parties. "The Ernie Els Centre for Autism is truly blessed to have had such a wealth of support from individuals and companies for this regional event," remarked Duncan Woods, Brand Manager for the Ernie Els Group in South Africa. A magnificent experience was provided by our gracious host venue, Els Club Copperleaf, while our event partners Nimue Skin, Cutter & Buck, AHEAD and Oasis Water all added incredible value and depth to the day. We thank them and all the participants who took time out to enjoy a day of fun for a good cause.
To learn more about Ernie Els Centre for Autism in Johannesburg please visit www.ernieelscentre4autism.co.za.