Golfing legend, Gary Player visits Depaul UK
Gary Player, nine-time Major winner and the only non-American to win the career Grand Slam, and David Mortlock, Head of Investment Banking at Berenberg, visited Depaul UK’s new youth homelessness centre on last Friday, to witness first-hand how the charity has utilised the funds raised by the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational.
To date, the annual event, which brings together global golf stars and legends of the game in a union of Golf and Giving, has raised more than £385,000 for charitable organisations, helping to fund the move by Depaul, whose roots are in the work, life and teachings of St Vincent de Paul, to a new national headquarters, The Endeavour Centre at Sherborne House, in central London.
The innovative new space combines help in a crisis with support for those young people who are rebuilding their lives, as well as also providing a hub for Depaul’s award-winning Nightstop service, Britain’s only national network for emergency accommodation for young people.
Gary Player said: “Depaul UK is a wonderful charity doing a very important job in tackling homelessness in the UK and we are proud to partner with them and to extend their outreach to disadvantaged youth.”
“These are the people who we need to help and give a future to, so it has been a real privilege to spend time with the team at Depaul UK and to see how the money raised by the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational is making such a difference to so many young people in London,” added David Mortlock.
During his visit, Gary Player and David Mortlock met a number of young people who rely on the charity and were given a guided tour of the facilities, before taking part in some fun activities.
Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of Depaul UK, added: “The ongoing support we have received from both Gary Player and Berenberg since 2014 has been invaluable and has enabled us to take another giant step towards achieving our goal of ensuring no young person ever has to sleep in an unsafe place.”
Part of the world leading Gary Player Invitational series, which has helped The Player Foundation raise more than $63million for charitable causes, the annual event staged on the Gary Player-designed Edinburgh Course at Wentworth Club will take place on 23rd & 24th July.
Competitors from the men’s game taking part in his year’s event will include tournament host Gary Player, Fred Couples, Branden Grace, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Martin Kaymer, Sir Bob Charles, Tom Watson, Trevor Immelman, Thomas Björn, Charl Schwartzel, Jamie Donaldson, Matteo Manassero, Padraig Harrington, Tom Lehman, and Jonathan Thomson.
From the women’s game, Georgia Hall, Mel Reid, Maria Parra Luque, Joanna Klatten, Emma Cabrera-Bello, Carly Booth, Olivia Cowan, Maria Verchenova, Caroline Martens, Alex Peters, Annabel Dimmock and Caroline Masson also will participate.
In addition to the United Kingdom, annual events are staged by Black Knight International in Abu Dhabi, Japan, USA, China and South Africa.Tags: Depaul UK, Gary Player, Gary Player Invitational series, golfing legend, homelessness centre, Investment Banking Berenberg, London, St Vincent de Paul, The Endeavour Centre at Sherborne House