BRITISH resident Robert Winsor yesterday unveiled the dates of his sixth charity golf tournament in Majorca which this year has the institute for the promotion of tourism in the Balearics, IBATUR, as its main sponsor.
This year's tournament will take place, as usual, at Royal Bendinat Golf Club, which provides the course and caddies for free, on May 11 and 12, with the gala events and charity auctions being held at the Santa Ponsa Country Club. Providing Winsor raises over 50'000 euros, his charity golf tournaments in Majorca will have raised over one million euros for handicapped and underprivileged children in the Balearics.
However, Winsor has set a target of 100'000 euros, last year's total, to beat this year and has a huge army of top British celebrities and local corporate sponsors ready to help him along this year.
IBATUR set the fund raising off yesterday when its director, Juan Carlos Alia, pledged 12'000 euros on behalf of the Balearic government. The charity auction includes everything from luxury hotel stays, to cruises, helicopter flights, signed Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United football shirts, a VIP day out to watch Man United play, Claudia Schiffer's tennis racket, use of a private jet and a balloon flight.
Robert Winsor has been raising funds for handicapped children for over 24 years and this next tournament will be his 14th, having held eight in England before moving to the island.
Despite having initially planned to hold just the one tournament in Majorca, Winsor is unable to stop himself helping underprivileged children. No sooner have the tournaments finished, than the celebrities have already pledged their support for the following year, giving Winsor even more incentive to keep on going.
A total of 60 golfers will be playing in this year's tournament with a celebrity on each team of four golfers.
The celebrities playing this year are Alan Ball, Stan Boardman, Duggie Brown, Jess Conrad, Jasper Carrott OBE, Mike England MBE, Joe Goodman, Jimmy Hill OBE, Richard Keys, John Lodge, Peter McEvoy OBE, Johnny Moore, Robert Powell, Lance Percival, Dennis Taylor and Rocky Taylor with Peter Stringfellow adding his usual touch of class on the first tee.
Since Robert Winsor's first tournament in 1999, funds raised have been used to provide a vast range of items including five special mini-buses for handicapped children; 56 specially designed wheelchairs costing from 1'400 euros for the most basic to 6.000 euros for more specialised; swimming pool cranes; walking machines; gymnasium equipment; kitchens for day care and help centres; toys; and special cancer care for an eight-year-old boy.
Local charities such as the Centro Gasper Hauser for Autistic Children have benefitted greatly, as has The Asnimo Down Syndrome Centre and Fundacion Miñones for abandoned children.
Prior to moving to Majorca, Winsor's charity golf tournaments raised enough money for over 200 special electric wheelchairs to be bought for handicapped children.
Spectators are always welcome at the golf tournament as too are donations.
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