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PGA Members raise significant sums for charity


Two international PGA Members have raised a combined total of more than £35,000 for various charity projects around the world.

John Blanch is the general manager at the Thai Country Club in Bangkok. The 52-year-old was inspired to begin his fundraising exploits after being diagnosed with a slipped disk in his back three years ago.

As part of a gruelling rehabilitation programme, Blanch needed to lose 10kg and took up racewalking as he was unable to run. Within six months Blanch achieved his target and he has continued to take park in racewalks ever since. So much so, Blanch has completed ten half marathons with a further three to follow this year.

Blanch has raised more than 1,100,000 Thai Baht (£30,000 approximately) for a number of charities including Habitat for Humanity Thailand, The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, and two local schools.

Mark Henderson, who is based in Hong Kong, was motivated to raise money and awareness for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland following the unexpected loss of his mother.

Rosalind had worked in the golf industry in Scotland for more than 20 years but she sadly died in early 2018 through a sudden stroke.

Henderson, 36, recently returned to his native Scotland where along with 30 family and friends, he tackled Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. In doing so, Henderson and the team raised just under £5,000 for the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland charity. He is considering future fundraising activities to continue his support for a charity which relies heavily on public funding.

The PGA recognises those Members who have made an outstanding charitable act or contribution through the Toby Sunderland Award. The accolade is given annually to celebrate the many wide-ranging charitable achievements by PGA Professionals around the world. If you have recently completed a fundraising effort and would like it to be featured in next month’s international newsletter, please email