Organizers seeking to raise funds in Charity Tournament to Support Microecephaly Awareness
The Eagle Ridge Women’s Golf Association in Cavite are organizing their Second Annual Charity Tournament in support of Microcephaly Awareness Philippines. The event is set to take place on Saturday, October 22nd at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course at General Trias, Cavite in Calabarzon.
Angela Yazaki, one of the volunteer organizers, is hoping that the event will find its footing after the pandemic led to the event being suspended since it was first held in 2019. “This will be the first time that we have been able to hold the event since 2019. So, we hope that the public will come out to support the event being playing golf and having some fun. Raising awareness for microcephaly in the Philippines is such an important goal.”
According to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control), “Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.” The causes of microcephaly vary and can be caused by factors such as genetic changes in the developing infant, or from the birth mother exposed to factors such as:
Certain infections during pregnancy, such as rubella, toxoplasmosis, zika virus, or cytomegalovirus
Severe malnutrition, meaning a lack of nutrients or not getting enough food
Exposure to harmful substances, such as alcohol, certain drugs, or toxic chemicals
Interruption of the blood supply to the baby’s brain during development
The event will take place on the Greg Norman designed course at Eagle Ridge. The Norman course is described as a fair test of golf without gimmicks that some designers use. Golfers with a good understanding of golfing strategy and course management will enable you to see the way the holes should be played in order to score well.
The event will use a “System 36” form of scoring where players are assigned points for things like birdies, pars, bogeys, and double bogeys. At the end of the round, a player’s points are added together and then are subtracted from 36. The system allows players of all skill levels to play and enjoy the event without having to be a low handicap player. There will be different flights as well, including a flight for women only.
Additional Sponsorships Available
Organizers have a busy day planned, with golf and lots of prizes, including raffle prizes. The event includes lunch, drinks, and live entertainment afterwards. The organizers are hoping to attract a full field of 150 players to maximize the amount of money that can be directed to the charitable cause. Yazaki also mentioned that there are still opportunities for businesses, groups, and individuals to sponsor the event.
“We know that the Filipino people are kind and generous and hope that they will get behind this very worthwhile cause for those that are less fortunate and struggling with the very unique challenges of raising babies with microcephaly” said Yazaki. “Of course, our goal is to also help educate enough people to reduce the number of infants born with microcephaly so that the babies will grow up to be healthy and active members in their communities.”
Microcephaly Awareness Philippines is a non profit organization aiming to help children diagnosed with Small Brains and other related neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, Global Developmental Delays and Cortical Visual Impairment.
People wanting to support the event can contact the organizers to register in advance by calling Ms. Ruby Ramos at 0916 5769274. Registration opens at 5:30 am on Saturday October 22nd so that golfers coming from Manila and areas can get ahead of any traffic. The event will begin at 7:30 am with a shotgun start. The tournament fees are ₱3,500 for non-members and ₱2,500 for members of the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club – fees include golf carts for players.
The Eagle Ridge Women's Golf Association is led by the following executive members:
Chairman: Nuy Enriquez
President: Melody Hidalgo
Vice Pres: Marienelle Sales
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