Coca-Cola China, in partnership with The Player Foundation, hosted the 2013 Gary Player Invitational and the Charity Gala Evening in Shanghai on Nov. 4.
Established by celebrated golfer Gary Player in 1993, the foundation has since raised more than $25 million for impoverished children globally. The auction and charity golf event raises funds to provide living allowances, medical assistance and psychological counseling to families and children affected by AIDS in Yunnan, Xinjiang, Hubei and Anhui. The invitational event features a diverse group of sponsors, including top Chinese business leaders and heads of multinational enterprises, who come together each year in support of the organizations’ shared humanitarian goals.
“This effort is part of our
long-term sustainability commitment in China,” said David G. Brooks, chairman,
The joint initiative has
supported more than 14,000 AIDS orphans; provided subsidized medical care to 710 AIDS-affected
women; offered college bursaries to 93 AIDS orphans; and helped build houses for
56 AIDS affected families, to date. In addition to the funds raised by
“We are celebrating the 30th
anniversary of The Player Foundation this year,” said Player. “We are honored
to work with
Guan Tianlang and Gary Player
Player, who had just celebrated his 78th birthday a few days earlier, expressed his admiration for 15-year-old Chinese golfing star Guan Tianlang.
“Not only does he have exquisite skills,
Tianlang also shoulders the responsibility of helping others.”
An opportunity to play golf with Tianlang raised a final bid of RMB 405,000 (USD $66,440) at the auction. “This is a worthy cause, and I’m thrilled to meet my idol Gary here,” the young golfer said. “But more importantly, I have a chance to do something for underprivileged children my own age.”
In attendance at the gala were Li Chaolin, president, Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STD and AIDS, singers JJ Lin, Jane Zhang and Ding Dang, Chinese Idol winner Li Xiangxiang and several Miss Universe winners.
“Thanks to the efforts of