European Tour Professional and Genworth brand ambassador Pablo Larrazábal visits SOS Children’s Village
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|Pablo Larrazábal visits SOS Children’s Village|
Friday, 09th November 2012 – European Tour Professional and Genworth brand ambassador Pablo Larrazábal has visited an SOS Children’s Village close to his home in Barcelona to see how monies donated by the Genworth Foundation through his charitable work have been spent.
Genworth (NYSE: GNW), a longstanding partner of The European Tour, has staged Putts4Charity® in association with the Tour Players’ Foundation since 2007, raising donations through the Genworth Foundation for a range of charities across Europe. SOS Children’s Villages, which provide a loving home for orphaned and abandoned children, has been one of the main Putts4Charity® beneficiaries.
Larrazábal said he was pleased to accept an invitation to meet the children cared for by SOS in Barcelona and see how their lives were being transformed by the support they had received through Putts4Charity®. During the visit, and to the children’s delight, Larrazábal spent time with them teaching the basics of golf and how to putt. With these new found golfing skills and with his help, the children made their own ‘one putts’ racking up a further donation from the Genworth Foundation which will specifically assist in developing their education.
“I had great fun giving the kids some golfing tuition. They helped me sink lots of ‘Putts4Charity’ one putts – may be they’re going to be golfing stars of the future! Between us we raised donations totalling €29,300. It was so good to meet these children – I’m pleased the monies donated through Putts4Charity are being used in such a positive way to create a caring and supportive home for them.”
“It was an amazing experience visiting the village and meeting the kids that live there” added Venetia Herriott, Genworth’s Brand, Sponsorship and Events leader. “They’ve had a really difficult start to life, but thanks to SOS, they can now grow up in a safe and secure environment with the advantage of receiving good schooling. The Genworth Foundation is absolutely delighted to support SOS Children’s Villages in this way – they’re providing a life changing service.”
As the visit drew to an end Manuel J. Sánchez Hidalgo from SOS Children’s Village concluded: “We’ve had a wonderful time with Pablo and our friends from Genworth – it’s not every day we have a local sporting hero visit us like this – the children had a wonderful time getting to know him and great fun learning a new sport. He was great with them!”
Notes to Editors
- In its role as a European Tour sponsor, Genworth brings its Putts4Charity putting greens to the tented village at a selection of European Tour events, where spectators are encouraged to attempt ‘one putts’. Each time they successfully complete one of the holes in one putt, the Genworth Foundation donates €1 to charity. Each time a professional completes a one putt in a tournament round, Genworth pledges €2. Further to this, if a professional attempts a Putts4Charity® Challenge in the tented village, Genworth pledges €2000.
- After six years of fundraising Putts4Charity® is on target to generate total donations by the Genworth Foundation to the value of €1m in the next few days.
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About SOS Children
Since 1949, SOS Children has been providing a family for life for children who have lost parental care through conflict, disease, poverty and natural disaster. More than 80,000 orphaned or abandoned children are cared for by SOS mothers in clusters of family homes in 540 Children's Villages, in 133 countries worldwide. A further million benefit from SOS Children's Villages’ outreach support which includes education, vocational training, medical care and community development programmes.