Golfers do their bit to help Thai flood relief
A host of high-profile golfers have come together to help raise nearly 2.5 million Baht at a charity auction in aid of the flood relief efforts in Thailand.
The Thai public and people throughout Asia in general are still attempting to come to terms with the country’s worst floods for 50 years and the clean-up operation is under way. Considering luxury golf breaks contribute to the Thailand tourism industry, it is entirely fitting that some of the stars of the sport did what they could to drum up some much-needed money to help the flood victims and raise awareness that more needs to be done.
The likes of Darren Clarke, John Daly, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood all took time out from their preparations for the season-ending Thailand Golf Championship to attend the charity event and evening was a great success.
Ryo Ishikawa, one of the most promising young players in the sport, also attended and the recent events in Thailand are particular emotive for the 20-year-old. The youngster reacted to the earthquake and tsunami that struck his native Japan back in March by pledging all his earnings for the rest of 2011 to the relief efforts.
And Ishikawa was only too happy to lend his support to do what he can to generate money for the on-going charity efforts in Thailand. He said: “We had the same problem in Japan with the earthquake and tsunami and I was really touched with the help we got. “In return, I’m proud to be a part of this effort to help in Thailand. All the players feel the same and I hope the country recovers soon.”