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BC&C foursome to join drive for charity

Hong Kong, 30 August 2016: When Colin Cohen and his teammates tee off in Hong Kong’s largest amateur golf tournament on 2 December, predicting their score will be difficult but one thing is certain – the biggest winner on the day will be charity.

The WAGS (Wednesday Afternoon Golf Society) Charity Day at Kau Sai Chau Public Course has become a highlight of the Hong Kong golfing calendar, an event celebrating all that is good about the ancient game. Teamwork, sportsmanship, corporate networking, community outreach and a spirit of generosity will all be in evidence as 144 golfers of varying abilities and from many walks of life come together for a common cause.

“At Boase Cohen & Collins we have a proud record of charitable activities and support for community initiatives, so we are delighted to be entering a team in this hugely worthwhile and enjoyable tournament,” says Colin, the firm’s Senior Partner. Joining Colin in the BC&C team will be Consultant Michael Jackson and two old friends of the firm, academics Steve Rowlinson and Frederik Pretorius. All four players know each other’s games well, having participated in the BC&C 30th Anniversary Golf Day at Hong Kong Golf Club last March.

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From humble beginnings, the WAGS Charity Day has expanded and now attracts a full field of 144 players.

“The Wednesday Afternoon Golf Society was formed more than 20 years ago and holds some 15 events each year at home and abroad,” reveals Brian Moss, WAGS Fixtures Secretary and Head of the Charity Day Committee. “A focus of every event, which distinguishes us from most other golf societies, is to raise money for charity, which is done through structured fundraising as well as fines for inappropriate behaviour or other misdemeanours.”

The annual Charity Day is now in its 10th year and has raised in excess of HK$1 million for various causes. Last year’s tournament netted HK$325,000 for Sailability Hong Kong while the 2016 and 2017 editions will be in aid of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which helps underprivileged children and those at-risk of commercial or sexual exploitation.

The Foundation has operational centres in Vietnam and Mongolia which provide shelter to underprivileged, orphaned or abandoned children while ensuring all children have direct access to a good education, a high standard of healthcare, and other social and employment opportunities. It also engages in sustainable development initiatives that directly benefit the families and wider communities of the children it supports. To date, the Foundation has helped over 600,000 children and their families.

“Hong Kong’s business community is becoming increasingly aware and supportive of the Charity Day and this year we will have more corporate teams than ever,” says Brian. “As the event has become bigger there is an opportunity for a title sponsor to partner with us to take it to the next level.”

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The event involves players of all abilities, from beginners to single handicappers.

Much of the success of the Charity Day relies upon the generosity of sponsorship partners and participants on the day, with the post-tournament dinner featuring a charity auction and raffle.

Players can expect a test of their golfing skills during the day followed by a fun-filled evening of generosity and benevolence, something the Boase Cohen & Collins team are ready to embrace. “We’re looking forward to a memorable tournament and supporting a worthy cause,” confirms Colin. “And if there should happen to be any disputes over scoring, Rules of Golf or inappropriate behaviour, we’ll be happy to give our legal opinion!”

For further information about the WAGS Charity Day, please contact Brian Moss on (852) 9027 2027 or via email at  Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它 . A video of the 2015 event can be viewed here.

Written by Niall Donnelly
Marketing Consultant
Boase Cohen & Collins