THE RORY FOUNDATION
When I was younger my parents sacrificed everything to allow me to play the game I love. Having that support from my family gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams. But I know that every child is not so fortunate. My aim is that The Rory Foundation will support children’s charities big and small around the world that try to give kids that helping hand.
The Rory Foundation to host the Irish Open in 2015
The 2015 Irish Open Hosted by The Rory Foundation will be held from May 28-31 in McIlroy’s native Northern Ireland at Royal County Down, a venue which is particularly close to the World Number One’s heart and one which witnessed his final appearance as an amateur, in the 2007 Walker Cup.
The Rory Foundation, which was set up at the start of last year to raise funds for children’s charities across the world, will also become the tournament’s official charity, with the beneficiaries to be chosen by the Foundation in conjunction with The European Tour.
As the tournament host, McIlroy is committed to enhancing an already world-class field by recruiting his fellow players from both The European and US PGA Tours, and the four-time Major Champion will also work closely alongside the Tour in developing the event’s commercial and sponsorship activities. For more info visits www.roryfoundation.com/2015-irish-open/
8 Tournaments - 2 Golf Bags
For a total of eight tournaments, beginning this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona, Rory will carry one of two golf bags showing the Bose logo. As a Global Ambassador for the brand, Rory has teamed up with Bose to highlight the work of his charity, the Rory Foundation. Then, at select fundraising events over the coming months and with the financial support of Bose, the one-off Golf Bags will be auctioned with the proceeds going to benefit the children’s charities supported by the Rory Foundation.
Rory's Christmas visit to the CFC Daisy Lodge
At the beginning of 2013, The Cancer Fund for Children became an early beneficiary of Rory’s decision to start his own charitable Foundation. The Rory Foundation, established to offer support to charities with a special meaning and purpose to Rory, offered the CFC the opportunity to have their logo appear on Rory’s golf bag during his first European Tour event of 2013 in Abu Dhabi. With welcome media exposure highlighting the CFC’s work with young people and families coping with the impact of cancer, the golf bag was later auctioned and the proceeds channeled towards the charity’s Daisy Lodge facility in Newcastle, County Down.
Since then, Rory, through his Foundation, has continued his interest in, and support of, the charity’s work. Indeed, following a series of events in Asia in the Autumn 2013, the pink golf shoes worn by Rory to highlight cancer awareness were auctioned with the proceeds again going to the CFC.
During a Christmas visit home to see his family, Rory was keen to see for himself the progress being made at Daisy Lodge and meet with staff and those set to benefit from this unique facility. With a planned opening in the spring of 2014, Daisy Lodge will be the first of its kind in Europe to offer respite and support to young people and families having to manage the difficulties associated with cancer.
Rory coaches GEMS Education's Future Champs
GEMs Education is a pioneering education company built on three simple principals, To Teach, Share and Give Back. Through their schools, consulting practice and their charitable foundation they prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success.
On 20th January over 30 lucky GEMs students had the chance of a lifetime. They had an hour training session with Rory, where he shared some trade secrets. Check out the video below.
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