Star Experience for Charity game raised RM80,000 for Make-A-Wish Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, 19 March 2013 – Eight of Maybank’s corporate clients teed off with Star Players Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Matteo Manassero and Charl Schwartzel today in a once-in-a-lifetime “Star Experience for Charity” golf game as part of a charity initiative for the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013. To participate in the exclusive game, each amateur golfer had to pledge a minimum of RM5,000 to Make-A-Wish Malaysia , a foundation which helps to make dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The Star Experience for Charity game managed to collect RM40,000 from the amateur golfers and the amount was matched with another RM40,000 by Maybank’s charitable arm, Maybank Foundation making the total RM80,000.
This special charity event was held as part of the event’s corporate responsibility initiatives (CR). The game which took place at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, saw each of the 8 amateurs have the chance to play with one of the four biggest names at this year’s Open but were also rewarded with a ‘Privilege Package’ which consisted of an invitation to tonight’s Welcome Party, a Maybank VIP Hospitality Pass, a signed goodie bag and a photo opportunity with the Star Players. In addition to that, the memorable event was also recorded by European Tour Production’s Global Live Feed which can be viewed all across the globe.
Commenting on the event, Maybank Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said, “This Charity event was a unique platform for us to work together with the Star Players and our clients to raise funds for the underprivileged children. We know it is the dream of many golfers to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside some of the world’s best golfers. What we are doing is helping them realise this longing, as well as giving them a chance to partner with the Maybank Foundation for a worthy cause.”
The Maybank Malaysian Open 2013 will be held from March 21 to 24 at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, with ancillary events taking place from March 18 to 25. 156 professional golfers including 22 Malaysian golfers will be battling it out for the lucrative tax-free prize purse of USD2.75 million plus the all-important ranking for Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. The Maybank Malaysian Open is the first National Open in Asia to be co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian Tours since 1999.
For information on the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013, visit www.maybankmalaysianopen.com or follow us on Twitter @maybankmsiaopen or #maybankmalaysianopen. Maybank Platinum card holders and above are entitled to a free entry during the 4-day event: they need only to present their cards at point of entry to gain admission. For those without Maybank Platinum cards, tickets can be purchased now from www.ticketpro.com.my. To learn more about the Maybank Foundation and the work it does to support community, health and welfare projects across Malaysia, please visit www.maybankfoundation.com.