Holes 4 Hope raises R125 000

2012-02-21 12:14

Cape Town - Steenberg’s Director of Golf, Ian Kennedy, raised R125 000 for iThemba House for abused babies and children on Saturday, February 18.

GALLERY: Ian Kennedy raises R125 000 for charity by playing 247 holes in 12 hours

Kennedy played a 12 hour golf marathon from 06:00 to 18:00 at the prestigious golf club. There were 200 Steenberg members playing their Saturday golf as he weaved his way between them and completing 247 holes in the allotted time.
The money was raised by the generous donation and pledges of the Steenberg members. Holes 4 Hope is another fundraising initiative of the club over and above the successful Steenberg Classic which last year raised R675 000 for charity.

In his 247 holes played, Kennedy carded a record 61 birdies and two eagles. The birdie and eagle feat could well constitute a world record in 12 hours, but this is still to be confirmed.

When asked about the initiative of Holes 4 Hope, Kennedy said the following, “I am not a man who is in a position to give a generous sum of money to a charity, however I have access to the incredibly big-hearted members of Steenberg and a sporting ability which can make a difference to others. Holes 4 Hope started off as a basic idea where I had wanted to raise some money for iThemba House. However it exceeded my expectations and became something a lot larger than what I imagined. I hope that through this initiative, other athletes will follow and use their abilities to raise funds for others.”

When asked about the response from the Steenberg members, “I am extremely fortunate to be a part of this great golf club. The members of Steenberg have to be the best in the country and they have given generously to Holes 4 Hope. On Saturday there were 200 members playing and they were cheering for me on every hole. They all stood aside to let me play through them and I passed each group four to five times in their rounds. They could not have been more supportive.”

On why he chose iThemba House, Kennedy said:  “I chose iThemba House because of what the house stands for and for the vision and credibility of its trustees. I have been very fortunate in my life to not only have had many opportunities, but also loving and supportive parents. These children through no fault of their own have been born into a world without opportunity and I wanted to give them some extra hope.”

Will Holes 4 Hope be an annual event, “Absolutely! This will be Steenberg’s extra fundraiser over and above our Steenberg Classic and we plan to make it even bigger next year. We will support IThemba House again next year and support another charity in 2014.”

Holes 4 Hope is being aired on Super Golf on SuperSport in the next couple of weeks.

For more information, or should you wish to make a donation, please go to Holes 4 Hope on Facebook or the Steenberg website at

Ian Kennedy prepares to putt during his epic 12-hour, 247-hole charity marathon at Steenberg Golf Course (Gallo Images)