Harcourts South Africa has partnered with The Global Challenge, an international professional women’s golf team event – where nine players selected to represent the Northern Hemisphere will be teeing up against their counterparts from the Southern Hemisphere. The event is set to be hosted for the second time from 9-11 November in Hermanus, South Africa.
For the first time in sporting history a world class sports woman with a physical disability will be selected by each captain and included into their teams to compete alongside team members in The Global Challenge. Dutch Paralympian tennis and table tennis gold medallist Monique Kalkman, and golf champion amputee Caroline Larsson from Sweden, have been selected by the team captains to participate.
“It is an immense privilege to be the only real estate partner of this event. At Harcourts we are committed to making a difference. As a global organisation, being socially responsible is not a trend or a marketing exercise. In fact, some of the world’s most successful people in fields as diverse as the arts, business, and politics have made huge changes to their lives in recognition of what it means to be in a position to help and the notion that we can all make a difference,” said Harcourts South Africa CEO Richard Gray.
Hermanus Golf Club, South Africa will host this global event for the second year running and the magnificent setting showcases the beauty of South Africa as the players share their experience with the world.
“Hermanus golf club is a sublime location and paired with all these great professional players alongside the two amazing and inspirational women, Monique Kalkman and Caroline Larsson, the event is going to be a beautiful experience. Harcourts has always believed that together we are able to change lives and make dreams come true.
What sets this event apart is the dedication of the 18 professionals teeing up for no prize money and with the aim of raising as much money for charity as possible during the duel between the two hemispheres.
Professionals will be appealing to their fans around the world as part of the #BangTheDrum campaign via their social media platforms, to donate to those who are in need. Together with the sponsors and global fans the players will be aiming to reach their target of raising R 300 000.
The excitement is building as world famous South African band Mango Groove have composed the new anthem for the event called #BangTheDrum. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening the 9th of November, where Mango Groove will perform a live outdoor concert whilst encouraging fans around the world to support the professionals in their endeavour to reach their fundraising goal as well as wanting to lift the trophy.
Charities to benefit: Full Tummy Fund, Just Care Hermanus, Overstrand Association for Persons with Disabilities (OAPD) and Learn to Earn. #BangTheDrum - Pledge Campaign by The Global Challenge.
Statement by Richard Gray
Harcourts South Africa Chief Executive Officer