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 donate to Mencap NI
Rory McIlroy’s Foundation, the Rory Foundation, is to donate to Mencap NI, a charity that works alongside children and young people with a learning disability and their families.
The expected donation of up to £250,000 from the Rory Foundation will support Mencap NI’s Big Step Forward appeal, raising money for a new facility in Belfast to provide life-changing support to children with a learning disability and their families.
A further donation of up to £250,000 in match funding has also been pledged by the Rory Foundation for the appeal in 2016 – if the same amount can be raised by Mencap NI and its supporters by the end of this year.
Mencap launched the Big Step Forward Appeal in 2014 to raise £1.7m to build, equip and run the new centre by January 2016. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, combined with individual donations, like the one from the Rory Foundation, the appeal is well on its way to hitting its target.
Brian Ambrose, Chair of Mencap’s Big Step Forward Appeal said: “Rory’s opening drive of £250,000 is a game changer for the Big Step Forward appeal, coming as it does with the prospect of even greater funding attached.
“Mencap’s new facility will focus on developing the independence of children and young people with a learning disability and providing families with valuable emotional and practical support.
“Already, the appeal has raised £1.2million in funds, which is great news, but we still need £500,000 to make our dream a reality.
“Having the Rory Foundation’s support will act as great encouragement for others to support our appeal and we call on everyone to help us get over the finish line by fundraising in whatever way they can,” Brian said.
The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to offer support to charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory.
Rory McIlroy said; “When the Rory Foundation was established, initiatives like this one were exactly the type of projects we wanted to really get behind.
“I have no doubt children with a learning disability and their families will benefit from this inspirational project. I’m delighted that the Rory Foundation can help Mencap take a really big step forward in making this vision a reality”.
Rory shares putting tips with some great people from the Rashid Centre
Some weeks back Rory played in the Abu Dhabi Invitational to help raise funds for the Rashid Centre for the Disabled. During the event, Rory shared putting tips with some great young people from the Rashid Centre.
Rory launches Cancer Fund for Children's Short Break Centre
World No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy officially opened Cancer Fund for Children's Therapeutic Short Break Centre, Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle Northern Ireland on Tuesday 7th October 2014. The new centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, will provide short breaks to up to 500 families a year affected by cancer.
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/
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