On Monday 24 August, anyone who plays golf in Belgium will face a one-off challenge: finishing as many holes as possible in teams of 10 players to collect money for the scientific research around Covid-19 by the Red Cross. Belgian professional golfers Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry and Manon De Roey already support Holes for Heroes.
“I am very happy to be able to contribute to this project. I hope that every club in our country can bring at least one and hopefully many more teams to the start and that the golfers show themselves generously. I love being able to help a project like this in golf!”, says Thomas Pieters, Ryder Cup player and three-time winner in the European Tour.
Numerous companies have also committed to supporting the initiative and the Red Cross through donations, including Infradata.
Nico van Buitenen, Managing Director at Infradata says: "As a company, we keep our social responsibility highly valued. That is why every year we are on the lookout for actions to support or organize something ourselves for the benefit of a good cause. The past period has been difficult for everyone, but as an organization and team we luckily came out stronger. Therefore, we are very happy to seize this opportunity to give back to our society and in this case the Red Cross. Golfing is very dear to my heart and also in my club, Millennium Golf at Paal, initiatives will be taken to emphasize this event. "
The money collected goes to the scientific research that the Red Cross is conducting in the context of COVID-19. The Red Cross aims to arm everyone, but certainly also the care providers who have given the best of themselves in recent months, against a possible second wave of the virus. The Red Cross collects blood plasma from male patients who are cured from the virus and these blood samples are regularly supplied to Sciensano, who use them for research into group immunity.
"A wonderful initiative," says Nathalie Onghena, Director of Marketing and Communications of the Red Cross. “Actions such as these not only put the important scientific research of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders on the map, they also ensure that there are sufficient resources to conduct that research in depth. We need to be ready for a second wave of the coronavirus that may come before there is a vaccine. And we can do that by, for example, now facilitating scientific research into the healing properties of plasma.”
More info: www.holesforheroes.be
July 3 2020