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.
OMEGA AUCTION UNIQUE WATCH
After touring OMEGA’s “Precision Experience” Co-Axial exhibit in the brand’s hospitality tent at the PGA Championship in Rochester, New York, OMEGA ambassador Rory McIlroy signed the watch certificate and watch box of the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M “Golf”, which features Rory’s signature metallised on the inner surface of the sapphire crystal caseback. The timepiece, certificate and box were all part of an auction that took place in August 2013.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M “Golf”, along with its box and certificate, would go to the highest bidder and the proceeds given to The Rory Foundation. Those who were interested in placing a bid on the one-of-a-kind timepiece were invited to write an e-mail to OMEGA with their bid.
OMEGA are delighted to confirm that this auction raised a staggering $20,000 for the Rory Foundation.
"I'm absolutely delighted that OMEGA are able to support my foundation in this way," said Rory. "I would like to thank OMEGA for their extremely generous gesture of auctioning such a unique timepiece. All the proceeds raised will go to help many worthy causes."
CHARITY DAY AT ARCHERFIELD
Rory took part in a charity golf day at Archerfield Links in Scotland, where lucky winners got to take part in an interactive clinic, while getting fitted out with Nike product and the unique opportunity to play a few holes with Rory himself!
The National Golf Club Challenge (NGCC) online auction teamed up with Nike Golf to offer an amazing opportunity for one lucky golfer to join Rory on the day. The NGCC online auction supports Help for Heroes.
The Rory Foundation secured other private auction slots for the day, and all proceeds from those going to SPEAC Northern Ireland. SPEAC is a charity Rory was involved with a number of years ago:
“SPEAC is a charity working with children who are autistic and have severe learning difficulties. It's main project at the moment is after school support where a classroom assistant goes home with the child and reinforces what the child has learnt in school in the home environment. The classroom assistant also helps parents and siblings in how to live with an autistic child with practical support in behavioural management and social skills.”
For more information on SPEAC, please click here.
CHARITY BAGS PROJECT EXTENDED
Rory has announced that he will extend his successful ‘6 Bags Charity Project’ for select golf tournaments throughout the 2013 season. The ‘6 Bags Project’ is the first in a planned series of fundraising initiatives for The Rory Foundation. The first charity to benefit was the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, whose logo was carried on Rory’s tour bag at the season opening Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January.
McIlroy said today: “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the charity bag project, as it raises huge awareness for the chosen charities, as well as much needed funds. It’s all about giving children the support that I enjoyed as a child, so myself and my team felt that it made sense to extend the initiative to benefit as many charities and children as possible!”
"6 Bags" is the first Rory Foundation project. For each of the first 6 tournaments I play in in 2013 my Tour Bag will carry the name of a different children's charity. Where possible, each charity will be active within the community where the tournament is held. For each of my first 6 tournaments, you can bid to own my custom designed Tour Bag, exclusive to each event. All proceeds from the successful bid will go directly to the charity that the "6 Bags" project supports on that particular week. And if you don't feel like bidding for my bags, then people can also donate directly to each charity. No matter how big or small that donation might be, everything helps. Each of these chosen charities do amazing work and any money they receive is directed towards the children they support.
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
My most recent tournament was The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. I chose a very deserving charity called Blessings in a Backpack. My custom designed golf bag displayed the charity’s logo with great pride and I would ask both companies and fans alike to donate generously to this very deserving cause.
BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Blessings in a Backpack partners with America to ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behaviour, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
If you would like to support this charity by making a donation, please click here
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