It took a long time, but finally the time had come again: the first VfLPARTNER-GOLFTURNIER since 2019 took place on Tuesday. It was a special one, not only because of the corona-related interruption during the past two and a half years. The seventh edition of this golf event in total celebrated the premiere as VfLCHARITY-GOLFTURNIER.
When VfL invites people to charity golf, the response is great. Not only within its own partner network, but also among the well-known guests who accepted the invitation in large numbers. Ex-national players such as Mario Basler, Manfred Kaltz and Stefan Kiessling as well as world champion Roman Weidenfeller, manager Heribert Bruchhagen, BVB stadium announcer and ex-professional Norbert Dickel, former national ice hockey player Mirko Lüdemann and TV presenters Sebastian Hellmann and Tom Bartels. Of course, VfL legend Marcel Maltritz also stopped by – he wasn’t too happy with his round though… On the other hand, things went better for ex-FIFA referee Thorsten Kinhöfer, who was the day’s winner. Sophie Witt, on the other hand, had the best round on the 18-hole course of the Bochum Golf Club in Stiepel, picturesquely situated above Lake Kemnader – no wonder, after all, the 19-year-old is a professional golfer and therefore a specialist.
So while fun and ambition balanced each other out, the goal of the event was clearly defined from the start. “Despite all of VfL’s successes last season, there are more important things in life than soccer,” VfL CEO Hans-Peter Villis pointed out in his pre-tournament address, referring to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. “What is happening there is an absolute disaster. That’s why it was no question that we donate the net proceeds of the tournament not to our own Talentwerk, as in previous tournaments, but to Kindernothilfe.” His thanks went not only to the partners and celebrities present, but also to those who had made the event for the good cause possible in the first place, first and foremost the Bochumer Golfclub e.V. and Aulinger Rechtsanwälte, which as a law firm was also the main sponsor of the seventh edition of the golf tournament.
Katrin Weidemann, CEO of Kindernothilfe, focused attention on the situation in the war zone: “We thank VfL Bochum for this great opportunity to help aid reach where it is needed, namely the children and young people from Ukraine, many of whom are seeking refuge in Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. With our partners on the ground, we ensure that the refugees are taken in, that they receive shelter and food, hygiene articles and, above all, psychosocial care.”
Many of VfL’s partners participated in the tournament by donating money or goods, thus driving up the total amount. The VfL itself was able to contribute 18,480 euros, achieved through raffle proceeds, sponsorship packages and entry fees. Another 8,011 euros came from sponsors and private donations. Among the sponsor donations, special thanks go to VfL’s new premium partner Seco Kältetechnik, Hannibal Einkaufszentrum, Derbystar, Fleischerei Dönninghaus and Ferienregion Bruneck Kronplatz.
At the end of the tournament, the winners in various categories were awarded, and in addition, said tombola attracted with numerous attractive prizes. In the presence of VfL legend Ata Lameck and VfL managing directors Ilja Kaenzig and Sebastian Schindzielorz, presenter Jonas Friedrich (Sky, Amazon Prime) was able to announce a total donation of 26,491 euros for Kindernothilfe at the end of the day.
A big thank you to everyone involved, the donors and of course the partners, without whose support such an event would hardly be feasible. By name, we would like to thank Reklame Wilden, AIC, the Tiemeyer Group, Ullrich Anlagenbau and Klüh Security, as well as the event partners Privatbrauerei MORITZ FIEGE, Seven Sundays and RuhrWerker.