'Union of Golf and Giving' Moves to Far East

Gary Player
Gary Player

Shanghai, China; The China leg of the Gary Player Invitational (GPI) global charity series, staged by Black Knight International to benefit The Player Foundation, was held at Shanghai Links.
Building upon the momentum set during the European and American legs of the Gary Player Invitational series, Black Knight International continued its success as the ‘Union of Golf and Giving’ moved to the Far East.
The charity event featured professional golfers and business leaders, as well as notable celebrities alongside golf champion Gary Player, who aims to make a difference in the lives of others as host of the event.
On November 3-4, the GPI took to Shanghai with the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel staging a glittering evening gala before participants tested their golf skills in the pro-am event at Shanghai Links Golf Club.
Pop stars, multi-national business leaders, and other celebrities all pledged their support to benefit The Player Foundation and event beneficiaries seeking to aid under-privileged children.
The Chinese leg of the GPI series has always produced extraordinary results for the fund-raising drive to benefit youth in need across the world’s most populous country, and this year was no different.
The Player Foundation selected Zhejiang Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation as this year’s beneficiary. The NGO’s main area of concern is that children in rural China often go to school with an empty stomach because they do not have the money for breakfast. This causes them to be malnourished and affects both their mental concentration and physical body growth.
Since the establishment of The Player Foundation in 1983 by Marc Player, the foundation has raised nearly US$60 million across the globe to aid under-privileged children through the GPI series.
“I have achieved all and more than I ever dreamt for on the golf course, but I count what The Player Foundation has been able to accomplish with the help of our Gary Player Invitational series as one of the most important and fulfilling achievements of my life,” said Gary Player.

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