How Is the NedBank Golf Challenge Benefiting Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation?

Published 11/07/2023, 1:00 PM EST

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This week the DP World Tour is hosting the Nedbank Golf Challenge played at the Gary Player Country Club located in Sun City, North West province, South Africa. Started in 1981 the competition gives the European players a chance to win a prize purse of $6 million this year.

This year the game will not only benefit the players in the form of a paycheck but also those special children who are in need of financial support. Supported by Gary Player’s foundation the tournament is benefitting a greater cause.

Nedbank Golf Challenge to contribute to a noble cause


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The event formerly called the Million Dollar Challenge was initially played as a small-field invitational stroke play event where only 12 contestants used to play. However, in 2013 it was added to the DP World Tour, and the number of players was also increased to 30 in 2015 and subsequently to 72 in 2016. The Gary Player Country Club has been its host for a long time and the event is also benefitting Gary Player’s Foundation.

Making a post about the event and how it will add to a noble cause Player posted “The 2023 edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge is officially here and I am so very pleased to share that the funds we raise this week will benefit the Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation and our mission to support children’s education. Vivienne worked tirelessly to ensure we were doing our part to make a positive impact in their lives.”


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He continues in his post, Education is a gateway to the world and to have the support of Nedbank, the DP World Tour, and many others will no doubt help generations to come.”


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The Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation aims to help a handful of near their estate outside of Johannesburg in South Africa. They hope to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children of that place and have been working towards their upliftment.


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What is the Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation for underprivileged children of Africa?

In South Africa, the Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation has been supporting the Blair Atholl Pre Primary School for more than 30 years now. The school is for disadvantaged children and is one of the primary beneficiaries of the Foundation. The World Hall of Famer and his wife have been long-time philanthropists and have dedicated much of their time and money towards the benefit of the needy.


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Shafaque Taha


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Shafaque Taha is a senior golf writer at EssentiallySports. Combining her knowledge from her master's degree in English literature with her passion for the sport, she now looks to bring words to life for readers with her niche golf coverage. Her love for the sport stems from the calming greens and the rush of adrenaline one feels when on them, and she especially enjoys watching LPGA Tour professionals in action.
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