The twelfth annual golf charity tournament series Swing for the Kids kicks off in Hanoi in April, hoping to raise in the region of VND1.4 billion ($637,000) to enrich the Swing for the Kids scholarship fund.
Scheduled for Saturday April 21 the twelfth VIR Swing for the Kids charity tournament will tee-off on the Kings Course at Kings Island Golf Resort in Son Tay district, about 36 kilometres from the city centre.
The shotgun start will be at 12pm, and the tournament is expected to attract close to 240 golfers. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of the tournament at 6pm in the Kings Island Golf Club.
The premier 18-hole Kings Course, the third golf course to begin operating at BRG Kings Island Golf Resort, was designed by Jack Nicklaus II, the son of legendary Jack Nicklaus, offering unique beauty in every aspect.
The course is famous for its 19th hole, an exclusive place for dramatic play-off rounds. With the tee box located on top of a waterfall nearly 30m high, a large lake away from the greens, it will certainly be the hole that all golfers want to try.
This year, Samsung Electronics Vietnam remains the Diamond Sponsor, Vingroup JSC the Platinum Sponsor, and KinderWorld the Gold Sponsor. Major property developer Sun Group joins for the first time as the Silver Sponsor. Gamuda Land Vietnam returns as the Bronze Sponsor. The list of sponsors will be released at the official launching of the tournament.
BRG Group and SeABank participate as the tournament’s co-organisers in tandem with VIR, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Vietnam Learning Promotion Association.
To date, Swing for the Kids has granted 14,000 scholarships worth VND14 billion to pupils and students living in difficult circumstances, primarily children of ethnic minorities in remote, mountainous, and island areas.
Part of the charity fund has also been used to build 13 classrooms and supply computer equipment for schools, while simultaneously upgrading classrooms for schools in 40 cities and provinces nationwide. Additionally, thirteen computer rooms were donated to schools across the country.
All children who received the scholarships used the funds to pay for their studies and help their families. A remarkable number of students who received the scholarships have successfully graduated and found good jobs.
A number of outstanding cases include Le Van Tu, who is now a teacher at famous Phan Boi Chau High School, and Dinh Van Hoc, who works for BIDV, as well as Thao Seo Si, who is now employed by a geodetic company.
Former minister of Planning and Investment VO HONG PHUC Honorary president of the golf charity tournaments
During the past 11 years, Swing for the Kids achieved three successes. The first is that the tournament has given opportunities to disadvantaged pupils and students to stay on the path of education.
The second is that it attracted skilled and professional golfers to join an amateur tournament. The third is that Swing for the Kids has connected investors of a compassionate heart and brought a platform for corporate social responsibility.
VIR’s editor-in-chief LE TRONG MINH Head of Organising Board
At present, there are a great many charity programmes organised in numerous forms nationwide, however, over the past 11 years, the charity golf tournament Swing for the Kids has been one of the few charity events dedicated to helping impoverished children.
We are proud that Swing for the Kids has become a reputable event for golfers and investors who want to help poor children with excellent academic results.
THOMAS CHAPELLE CEO of Golf Plus 18 Academy
I have known about this tournament for a couple of years and have been watching the results and reports of each edition every year. It’s a wonderful idea and event, a generous and lovely idea, and a special day when people can contribute to supporting children in need.
I’m very glad to be supporting the event this year and to be able to join the sponsor teams because I feel that the tournament is an excellent initiative. This is the first year I have joined the sponsor team and I hope to continue for the years to come.
EVANS MAHONEY Director of golf operations, northern region at BRG Group
The charity golf tournament acts as a bridge between businesses and the community, allowing firms to express compassion and contribute to the community, especially the young and potential students who will later be the leaders of new businesses and well-educated citizens of society.
LE KHAC HIEP Vice president of Vietnam Investment Group JSC (Vingroup)
The Swing for the Kids charity golf tournament has provided students with items such as new clothes and learning materials.
Furthermore, the philanthropic tournament also offers spiritual gifts such as emotional support from the sponsors and the motivation for students to rise above poverty and reach their aspirations.
KIM YONG SEOK Planning director of Samsung Electronics Vietnam
The Swing for the Kids charity golf tournament was our (Samsung Vietnam’s) way of showing our appreciation and support to the young generation as well as providing helpful tools which will enable poor yet potential young talents to thrive in their careers.
Being able to commute to rural areas and handing over gifts to disadvantaged children and youngsters in remote areas was truly one of the most rewarding experiences, urging me to keep returning to the programme and maintain our sponsorship status at the Swing for the Kids charity golf tournament.
NGUYEN HUONG LAN Manager of corporate academic development at KinderWorld Education Group
We (KinderWorld Group) find it crucial to support the young yet underprivileged children who come from struggling families but desire to pursue their ambitions after graduation. Thanks to the Swing for the Kids golf tournament, throughout our sponsorship duration we have met numerous students who nearly had to skip education altogether to assist their families but instead have been accepted to high-ranking universities and colleges, reassuring the stability of their postgraduate career path as well as allowing them to better enhance their personal development.
Some students excelled at college work and later earned well-paying jobs thanks to the scholarships provided by funds raised from the charity golf tournament.