Local businesses tee off in support of the Games.

5th October 2018

Graham Wylie, Alan Shearer and Lynne Holt ready to tee off at Close House Golf Resort

Local businesses and event supporters from across the North East rallied round to support the fundraising efforts for the World Transplant Games 2019. The Golf Day on Wednesday 3 October saw 18 teams from 14 businesses tee off on the Lee Westwood Filly Course at Close House Golf Resort, the venue for the golf tournament at the 2019 Games.

The Golf Day is just one of many fundraising events taking place in the lead up to next year’s World Transplant Games which will see around 3000 competitors, most of whom have received a life-saving organ or tissue transplant, descend on NewcastleGateshead from across the globe.

As well as a brilliant day of sport, the participants of the Golf Day also had the opportunity to meet local transplant athletes who will be representing Team GB at the 2019 Games and discovered first-hand about the importance of organ donation.

Andrew Rowley, Managing Director of technology provider Frontier Group said:

Frontier Group are delighted to support this worthwhile event being staged next year in the North East. We are even more committed having met with and heard the amazing stories from both organ recipients and a donor’s mother.”

Organisers of the fundraising event were delighted by the level of interest in the sell-out Golf Day. Graham Wylie CBE, Chair of the Local Organising Committee commented:

We are delighted to have sold out for this fundraising event within days of sending out the details. The altruism and support from North East businesses one again shines through and we are so pleased that they have taken the World Transplant Games 2019 campaign activities into their hearts and minds. Over 30 businesses are now signed up to help us create a spectacular event in 2019 and with 70 countries competing we will be able to showcase the very best that the North East can deliver. If the NewcastleGateshead Games and associated activities can help to raise awareness of organ donation and the need to share our wishes and therefore save lives, then that’s something we will all be proud to have been a part of.”

Breakfast and refreshments during and after play were served to the golfers, courtesy of Bidfood.  Susan Justice, Head of Business Development North East at Bidfood said:

Having been involved in the British Transplant Games held in NewcastleGateshead in 2015, and seeing first hand what organ donation really means, and the difference it makes to so many, we didn’t hesitate to say yes when asked to support the World Transplant Games 2019. The event will bring great benefit to the area, but more importantly gives us the chance to make a difference to so many lives by promoting “the gift or life” through organ donation.”

Other events taking place in the lead up to the Games will be the Gift of Life Ball, a spectacular fundraising black tie dinner on Saturday 19 January and the Fabulous Fundraising Afternoon Tea Party on Friday 29 March, both at Hilton NewcastleGateshead.

The World Transplant Games is a truly inspirational event celebrating a second chance of living life to the full, demonstrating the success of transplant surgery and raising public awareness of organ and tissue donation and the need to share our wishes with family.

For more information on the World Transplant Games 2019 and to see how you can get involved go to www.worldtransplantgames.org