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100 holes of golf in one day for charity, Eyes4Zimbabwe

Laurette Maritz and Cecilie Lundgreen

On June 18th 2012, Ladies European Tour golf professionals Laurette Maritz and Cecilie Lundgreen will play 100 holes of golf in a single day to raise money for their charity ‘Eyes for Zimbabwe’.

Laurette Maritz and her golf Coach, Reeve Nield initiated the charity ‘Eyes for Zimbabwe’ in 1996 after meeting a 12-year old girl who had been blinded by cataracts. At the cost of US$20 a 15 minute surgery was performed and she could see!

Since that time, with the kind assistance of volunteering Ophthalmic Surgeons and through golf fund-raising events, ‘Eyes for Zimbabwe’ has ‘given sight’ to thousands of cataract patients of all ages including six-month-old babies.

In recent years, ‘Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics,’ has assisted by shipping 40-foot containers which have been filled with donated medical equipment, medical supplies, life-saving nutritional foods wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, prescription, reading & dark glasses, new-born kits, educational kits, blankets, clothing, books and so much more.

A fortified supplementary food called ATMIT has also been shipped helping those who are dying to return to full strength.

The goal of Eyes for Zimbabwe is to raise enough money to ship five containers from the USA to Zimbabwe this year, containing the donated life-saving items. Each shipped container costs approximately US$16 000.

That is why, on June 18th at 4am (yes, in the morning) Laurette and Cecilie will tee it up at Cecilie’s home course, ‘Borregaard Golf Club’ in Sarpsborg, Norway, to play almost six rounds of golf: 100 holes in a single day!

They would be EXCEPTIONALLY GRATEFUL for your support by sponsoring each hole played, for example, US$1 per hole played.

If each sponsor can invite five friends to do the same then they will be able to assist in giving the gift of sight, saving lives and helping to give hope to those in need, putting a smile on many, many faces.

The ‘DONATE’ button can be found on the top right of the new website:

Laurette, Cecilie and Reeve would be SO GRATEFUL for your support and would like to invite anyone near Sarpsborg, Norway, on June 18th to attend.



By Reeve A. Nield

In 1996 as I walked through the Children’s ward at ‘Parirenyatwa Hospital’, Zimbabwe I met a 12 year old girl who had been blinded with bi-lateral cataracts for four years…Just a 15 minute surgery and the following day her eye-patches were removed and she could see…I CRIED!!

Shortly thereafter, Laurette Maritz and I walked down the 18th hole at ‘Chapman Golf Club’, brain storming how we could raise money through charity golf events to purchase the much needed medical equipment and supplies to alleviate this debilitating infirmity.

Over the past 16 years, Ophthalmic Surgeons and Nurses have kindly donated their expertise giving sight to thousands of cataract blinded Zimbabweans of all ages, including six month old babies! Cataract surgery costs US$20(medical supplies)

‘Ladies European Tour’ Golf Professionals have volunteered to play in golf fund-raising events, which have raised the necessary funds to purchase vital medical supplies.

‘Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ have facilitated the transportation of 40 foot containers to Zimbabwe annually, which have been filled with medical equipment, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, prescription, reading & dark glasses, new-born kits, blankets, clothing, books and SO MUCH MORE!

Anna went 10 years without sight. Elisabeth Esterl, Iben Tinning, Laurette and a few other former LET Pros were there when her eye patches were removed.

Laurette, Reeve and Cecilie
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