The Smiling Hospital Foundation raised HUF 1.3 million (EUR 4,695.80) at a golf tournament of a special kind on Saturday. In addition to the sporting challenge of the 18 holes at Royal Balaton Golf and Yacht Club in Balatonudvari, the event was chiefly about supporting the foundation. This succeeded thanks to generous donations and committed players.
Fifty-five golfers set out to earn a place on the podium, either as experienced players or as beginners, first in drizzling rain and later in brilliant sunshine. The tournament was an international affair, with 16 nations from four continents represented and competing in pairs for one of the glass trophies.
Among them were the Malaysian ambassador, Dato Kamilan Makson, and his Estonian counterpart Priit Pallum. Nor did business people miss out on the chance to demonstrate their sporting prowess for a good cause. Thomas Fischer, managing director of the Royal Corinthia Hotel, and Claus Geisselmann, managing director of the Intercontinental Hotel, wielded their golf clubs alongside Péter Szauer, managing director of economics weekly HVG.
Albert Royaards, director of the Smiling Hospital Foundation, and Countess Éva Csáky-Bornemissza, its found-er, put the day down as a success. Péter Sarlós, deputy director of the golf club, said the tournament was one of the highlights of the golfing year, and “we are very happy that we were given the opportunity to be the venue”.
The joint aim is to bring smiles to the faces of children in hospital. Six children from the Menedékház Foundation had the opportunity to experience the charity day. Their initial reserve in the unfamiliar environment gave way to excitement when they had their faces painted by a Herendi porcelain artist.
Uniqa has sponsored a baseball cap signed by Hungarian Olympics winners, which is on auction at the website of newspaper Bors, with proceeds to the foundation. Log on to www.borsonline.hu/sport.
1st place: Katalin Földesi Kovácsné and Titusz Kovács (Hungary)
2nd place: Bettina Haeberle and Gregory Bessert (Team Intercontinental)
3rd place: Gearoid O’Sullivan and Ryan Matty (Ireland)
1st place Ágnes Savkó and Nikolaus Zámbó (Hungary)
2nd place: Priit Pallum and Thomas Fischer (Estonia)
3rd place: Paul Stolk and Roelof Stapel (Holland)