ITS’ Financial Director Simon Close aims to raise funds and publicity for a Teesside-based charity by taking on a punishing one-day golf marathon.
He has set himself the challenge of playing 100 holes on May 14 and is looking for sponsors and one-off donations to help the charity Lionsraw with its work around the world.
“Although my body may be battered by the end of the day, I believe it’s worth the effort to help the work of Lionsraw across the globe,” he said.
Lionsraw uses sport to help underprivileged young people, both in the UK and abroad, and has masterminded many major projects that have changed lives. Their debut project in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup continues to make a difference. As a result, a daily feeding programme has been launched and 200 children aged five to eight now receive a hot breakfast at school before classes start.
Simon recently returned from a planning week in Brazil where future charity projects were identified including Lionsraw’s next ‘legacy tour’ in 2014. In June he goes to Poland to help schools in Warsaw, coinciding with the European Championships.
Simon’s golf marathon will raise much-needed extra funds to benefit young people. Donations can be made directly via his Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Close or as a one-off cheque (made payable to Raw Foundation) to help the work of Lionsraw.
Lionsraw is the brainchild of Middlesbrough FC fan and former policeman Jon Burns, who dreamt up the idea in 2004 whilst watching an England v. France match in Portugal. “I sat and wondered how many of the other 60,000 people there shared my beliefs and a passion for the beautiful game. I wondered what great things could be achieved if it was possible to harness that passion and belief.”
Further information about the work of Lionsraw is available on their website www.lionsraw.org.