Donabate club holds golfing fundraiser
The NCBI Specsavers Holmpatrick Cup was held at Donabate Golf Club last weekend, where eager golfers will tee off to compete for the chance to play at St Andrew's Scotland, and win the prestigious trophy.
The national all-island competition was founded in 1932 and is the longest running and largest charity golf tournament in Ireland.
The money raised goes directly to fund the NCBI's life-enhancing services, which help over 8,000 people with sight loss, as well their families.
Chairman of Specsavers Ireland, Kerril Hickey said: 'We are proud to support the National Council for the Blind of Ireland for the second year running, which is the perfect partner for Specsavers. There are currently over 54,000* people in Ireland living with blindness and vision impairment and this figure is rising.
'Up to 75% of all cases are avoidable so we are once again joining forces with NCBI to help educate people about the importance of regular eye tests.'
The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup sees GUI-affiliated golf courses across the country hold a qualifying tournament, the winners of which will take part in the county final and compete for a place at the provincial tournament.
The four provincial winners will then play at the final, which is hosted at the world-renowned St Andrew's Links in Scotland.
CEO of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland Chris White added: 'The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup is Ireland's longest running charity golf competition and is 86 years old this year. Both NCBI and Specsavers have such a wide reach throughout Ireland - between us we are in every community in the country. That really allows us to focus on our shared priorities, which are the prevention of sight loss and the importance of early detection of through education and awareness of eye health.'