A special tournament

DUBAI - Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment and local golfers have successfully raised one million dirhams to help improve the lives of children both locally and overseas in the UAE’s longest running charity golf tournament, a press release said.

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Published: Wed 19 May 2010, 12:49 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:17 AM

Held at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, over 200 golfers joined David Gower, Glen Hoddle, Matt Le Tissier, Jeremy Guscott, Roger Uttley and Tom Canning in taking on the spectacular championship course before enjoying a stunning Gala dinner, to raise much needed funds for worthy causes. Charities benefiting from the event include; SPARKS (Sport Aiding Research for Kids), The Al Noor Training Centre, The Dubai Centre for Children with Special Needs, The Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre and UK Youth.

Having developed into one of the most popular and prestigious occasions in the sporting and social calendar in Dubai, the event has now raised more than a staggering Dhs8million over the eight events, giving much needed support to children’s charities. Founder of the event, Rod Bogg commented: “I am absolutely thrilled with the support we have raised in this year’s tournament. The local golfing community and our long-serving sponsors are invaluable to the ongoing success of the event and this year has proved to be no exception. In this my last BIG-Five O before leaving Dubai, I’m extremely proud of the contribution the event has made over the years and delighted, once again we’ve hit the figure of a million dirhams.”

Shirley Bruce from Dubai Centre for Special Needs also commented: “With the support of the sponsors and the commitment from the golfing community, The BIG Five-O provides us with the tools and resources we require to help children that desperately need it. We are so grateful for the financial contribution made to our worthwhile cause and thank each and every single person who has contributed.”

The majority of the funds raised were gathered from the silent and live auctions at the black tie gala dinner.

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