Organisers are once again expecting a weekend dedicated to Sir Bobby Robson, and will be looking to at least match the 80,000 euros raised last year for the Refúgio Aboim Asenção children’s home in Faro which the annual event is held in aid of.
Celebrities from the worlds of football, sport and entertainment attend and play with the corporate teams for the honour of winning Bobby’s tournament played on the Championship Course at Pestana Vila Sol in the Algarve, which has twice hosted the Portuguese Open.
Celebrities who have played include Steve Bruce, Mick McCarthy, Alan Shearer, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Brazil, Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce, to name just a few.
The event will once again be covered by Sky Sports, which shows extensive footage from the event over a number of days throughout the summer.
To date, and since the inception of the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic in 2004, the tournament has raised in excess of €750,000 for the Refúgio.
Luís Villas Boas, head of the Aboim Ascenção Children’s home, told The Portugal News after last year’s event that his appreciation for the event is “deep” and that it is without doubt a main contributor to the institution’s growth.
Earlier this month, the Refúgio Aboim Ascenção children’s home in Faro unveiled two new 18-seater minibuses that were purchased with money raised by last year’s Sir Bobby Robson golf fundraiser, as part of celebrations to mark both International Children’s Day and to highlight the strong bond that the home shares with the British community.
The buses were acquired with funds raised through last year’s Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic for a total of €80,000. A photo of the legendary sportsman, who died in 2009, is emblazoned on the back of each bus in homage of his and the Robson family’s ongoing support of the home.
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