Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Macau charity golf event ready for tee-off

Posted by Kimberly on November 23, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 23, 2007 (542 words)

The 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament may be a few days away from tee-off but Paulo Azevedo, co-managing director of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK), the event’s brainchild, already had his gold clubs out, theoretically speaking.

His enthusiasm for the charity even, to be held On November 28, followed by a Gala dinner the following day, was evident at the press conference held yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau.

To be played on the Macau Golf and Country Club’s 18 holes course, the charity event will see 45 players within 15 teams compete for a prize they don’t even get to keep.

What they will have is the right to name a charity or social project of their choice to which the tournament’s proceeds will be forwarded, should they win. Total prize money stands at MOP$200,000.

Companies that have bought a team include BNU, Wynn and Aristocrat. While each company had to choose a charity of their choice at the time of registration, Mr Azevedo did not specify which local charities would benefit by which company.

The charitable golf outing is the brainchild of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK) which is promoting the 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament & Gala Dinner.

“Our concept was to round up the local business community for a charitable event to show they care for those who are not actually benefiting from the current economic boom”, says Mr Azevedo, also founder of De Ficção Multimedia Projects, which publishes Macau Business and Business Intelligence magazines.

He explained that, “we’re promoting this event because we believe that even a small – albeit aspiring media group – such as ours, has social responsibilities and an obligation to give

something back to the community.”

“It was quite a challenge to organise this event. It’s our first time putting together a gala, so there was lot to be done. Also only very recently have local companies started warming up to concepts such as Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship”, says Luis Pereira, MBSK’s director for business development.

“The feedback from the local business community has been great, but there is still a lot more to be done when it comes to charity,” he added.

Proceeds from a live auction and a MOP$ 2,000 per plate Macau Business Charity Gala Dinner on November 29 will benefit local charities and social projects including a fund created by Casa de Portugal – a local Portuguese non-profit organisation, for the construction of a kindergarten in Palos, in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor.

Auctioned items for this project are supplied by Casa de Portugal and include artwork by local artists such as Rita Portugal and Konstantin Bessmertny.

About 16 items, to be auctioned at the Gala dinner, include autographed electrical guitars from some of the biggest musical bands ever, tennis balls, soccer, rugby and NFA team and individual jerseys, boxing gloves from legends of the ring to name a few. One of the special items to go on auction is an autographed soccer ball from the Portuguese National Football team signed by Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nuno Gomes, among others.

Sponsoring the charitable gathering are Mocha Slot, Macau Coca Cola Beverage Company, Hutchison 3 and The Westin Resort & Spa.

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