Golfing for Good
Giving for good is an important part of WAGS and takes place in several ways
Our Golfing for Good program is now in its 15th year, and has raised in excess of HK$10.5m for various beneficiaries. Most of the fundraising comes from our Annual Golfing for Good Day, which has become Hong Kong's biggest amateur golf event.
It is a unique occasion for participants and sponsors alike, who enjoy such novelties as our crazy putting contest, the ever popular sausage sizzle and beat the pro hole, as well as having fantastic prizes and auction items on offer.
THE WAGS SHIRT
At each event members are encouraged to wear one of our famous WAGS golf shirts. These colourful quality shirts both identify and unify us while generating revenue for the causes that we support. Our shirts advertise to others that we can combine good golf, good company, and good causes.
FUN WITH FINES
After each event along with prize giving, we have a “fines session”. These "fines" are administered in good humor and are applied for various misdemeanors, such as swearing, bad golf etiquette, bad golf, leaving clubs on a course, appalling dress sense, not having been fined already etc. These are often relatively small amounts, but it is about not taking yourself too seriously and helping others. Funds raised are all donated to a beneficiary(s) for the year chosen by the members. Typically, these funds will go to one or more smaller local Hong Kong beneficiaries.
When we go on tour, we have similar fines sessions (usually scoped for more misdemeanors) and we identify a local children's beneficiary for these sessions. Where possible we also like to spend an hour or two with the kids or staff to engage, understand and try to support what they are trying to do.
History of giving
The WAGS Golfing for Good philosophy distinguishes WAGS from almost all other golf societies. We are rightly proud of it because it is driven by the commitment and generosity of our members and sponsors.
Since 2012 we have raised money for the following beneficiaries:
2012 - HK$ 130,000 - Spastics Association and Rain Lily
2013 - HK$ 200,000 - Philippine Red Cross (Typhoon Relief)
2014 - HK$ 300,000 - Children’s Cancer Foundation
2015 - HK$ 325,000 - Sailability Hong Kong
2016 - HK$ 600,000 - The Christina Noble Children's Foundation
2017 - HK$ 1,100,000 - The Christina Noble Children's Foundation
2018 - HK$ 2,090,000 - HK$ 1,238,000 to The Christina Noble Children's Foundation and HK$ 800,000 to various HK based charities
2019 - HK$ 2,090,000 - HK$ 1,285,000 to The Christina Noble Children's Foundation and HK$ 400,000 each to The Hub Hong Kong and Weez Project.
2021 - HK$ 1,879,000 - The Christina Noble Children's Foundation.
2022 - HK$ 1,989,000 - The Christina Noble Children's Foundation.