Charities reap benefits of 2014 Ryder Cup

Official Charities have reaped the benefit of their association with The 2014 Ryder Cup. Quarriers, Perth & Kinross Disability Sport, Friends of St Margaret’s and The McGinley Foundation have raised in excess of €1m, which will leave a lasting legacy across Scotland and Europe.

 In addition, over 50 non-official charities stretching across the globe from the US to Australia have also benefitted from donations of ticketing and memorabilia inventory allowing them to raise an additional €200,000 for their organisations taking the grand total raised as a result of The 2014 Ryder to in excess of €1.2m (£972,820).

 The Official Charities operating within Scotland were appointed by Ryder Cup Europe following nominations from key stakeholders including the Scottish Government, The Gleneagles Hotel and Perth & Kinross Council.  Quarriers, Perth & Kinross Disability Sport and Friends of St Margaret’s were awarded the status of Official Charity and given a complimentary allocation of general admission tickets and hospitality packages by Ryder Cup Europe.  The Official Charities capitalised on this inventory raising in excess of €520,000 through a variety of initiatives, auctions and sales prior to the Match week.

 Further fundraising events and activities staged by the Scottish Official Charities, either collectively or individually, created an additional €112,000 of charitable revenue.

 The McGinley Foundation, the Foundation of victorious European Captain Paul McGinley also raised significant funds, just over €315,000, in the run up to the week of “Glory at Gleneagles” through the use of additional ticketing and hospitality awarded to him as Captain, as well as appearance fees and prize money from the events that he participated in as Ryder Cup Captain.

 Further monies were collected for the Official Charities exclusively on-site at Gleneagles through the sales of merchandising such as Official Match Programmes, Official Posters and Tartan Charity Ribbons giving each charity a share of over €76,000 raised, taking the total raised by and for the Official Charities over the €1m mark.

 The money raised will be used to develop the care and services of the various organisations.  In the case of national social care charity Quarriers, these funds will help expand the development of its Coaching For Life initiative – a unique service which uses the principles of sport to work with and inspire young people affected by homelessness.  Coaching for life was launched as a result of its association with The Ryder Cup and helps hundreds of young people across Scotland to work towards a brighter future.

 Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital, based in Auchterarder, will focus the funds they have raised on improved care and equipment to benefit patients at the Hospital with the purchase of new state of the art patient handling equipment to move patients disabled by stroke and other disabling conditions as well as upgrade remaining hospital beds with modern hydraulic units designed for increased patient comfort and ease of nursing usage. Additional spaces for young disabled people to take part in sporting activities will be funded through Perth & Kinross Disability Sport as they are now in a position to employ a dedicated individual to promote and improve activities for athletes with a physical, learning or sensory disability. The hope is to drive disability sport to new levels.

 Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director said: “It has been our privilege to support our Official Charities over the last 18 months. A key focus for The 2014 Ryder Cup was the legacy to Scotland as well as to golf and the links with local and national Scottish charities was an important part of achieving that.

 “We commend the Official Charities within Scotland, as well as The McGinley Foundation, for all of their hard work in achieving the sums raised and in time the additional services and care that have been born out of their association with this year’s Matches.

 “The support of non-official charities is an important aspect to charitable elements of the Matches and we are pleased that organisations across the globe from Europe to Australia have also benefited.  Thank you to everyone who contributed however small or large your donation was.”

Paul Bush added: “The 2014 Ryder Cup was a terrific success for all involved and showed what Scotland can do on the world stage. It is fantastic to see that this success has extended to the wonderful charity work undertaken by the charity partners of The 2014 Ryder Cup and I am delighted to see that these great causes benefitted from their association with the event.

 “There are many reasons why we look to host the biggest and best events in world sport in Scotland from increasing tourism revenue to promoting the country on an international stage. But the fact that charities can reap the benefits of these international events is yet another terrific example of the advantages of staging big events.”

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