Former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe proved that he is as classy and entertaining off the football pitch as he was on it when he joined the fun at the DSA Open at Emirates Golf Club to help support the Friends of Cancer Patients charity.
The event, part of the increasingly popular DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series, saw a full field of 120 golfers take to the famous Majlis course for a day of golfing action before ‘Sharpie’ regaled 190 dinner guests with hilarious tales from his days playing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering side of the 1990s when he was treated to the legendary manager’s ‘hairdryer’ treatment on more than one occasion.
As well as being an unforgettable occasion for all who attended, the event, organised by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10, had a serious goal in raising awareness for Friends of Cancer Patients and supporting the treatment of four-year-old Mohamed Sameer Abdullah who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
“It is always nice to get involved in a good cause,” said Sharpe who was one of the most exciting talents of a United side that won two consecutive Premier League and FA Cup doubles in 1992/93 and 1993/94.
“Young Mohamed is struggling with cancer so we’re trying to get him well, and I don’t think there is any better way than to get a load of guys and girls together to have an enjoyable day followed by a lovely evening of good food and entertainment.”
Started in 2017, the Swing Against Cancer Golf Series has gone from strength to strength, with a veritable who’s who from the worlds of sports and entertainment show their support.
The list includes Harry Redknapp, Teddy Sheringham, Gary McAllister, Dietmar Hamann, Mike Tindall and Michael Campbell, as well as former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.
In addition to May’s DHL Open at the DP World Tour Championship venue Jumeirah Golf Estates and last week’s event, the 2018 DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series is already well on the way to topping previous totals.
As well as capturing the imagination of the UAE’s golf and sport lovers, the success of the series has been down in no small part to the support of its partners, key among which are series sponsor DHL and Platinum partner DSA Architects.
“It was an amazing turnout for this great charity event,” said DSA Architects managing director Steve Kelshaw.
“As a corporate entity, we have a responsibility to create something that we really believe in and to have this level of interest and support have been overwhelming.
“Dubai is our home, we have been here for 25 years and we feel that we should give back. Cancer plagues all societies and it has touched everybody throughout the years so for us it is the right charity for us, it is in our own backyard and we are playing a game that we love so it’s a no brainer.
“Having Lee here was great for us, when we asked him to come over he accepted in a heartbeat, he would not even question it, which is a testament to the guy so we are delighted that he came through.”
Sixteen10’s managing director Reza Sazegar added: “The support we have received from the local business community is truly humbling and each and every person who has lent their support is making a difference to the life of Mohamed who badly needs treatment.”
Worldwide Golf’s Rick Bevan said: “These events just keep getting bigger and better and our local partners are really hands on so we’re incredibly fortunate and grateful to have them.
“Lee Sharpe was an absolute legend and had us all in stiches laughing at his stories so it was a really great day and to raise the amount we did was wonderful.”
The DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series culminates in the grand final which runs alongside the Mike Clark Golf Day on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday, November 1, two weeks before the Race to Dubai’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
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