The charity golf tournament "Barngolfen", held for the ninth time at Hills Golf & Sports Club, outside Gothenburg, was a success with a record number of participating teams and money raised to the children at the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital.
The largest charity golf in Sweden, Barngolfen, is arranged by the Foundation for Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital. The money raised is used for making life easier for the children and to foster the recovery by creating a healing environment and meaningful moments. The Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital is the largest hospital for children in Sweden.
Barngolfen is making a difference and during the years, the foundation has invested in portable computers and wireless networks, support for siblings, ‘talk to the clown’ and healing rooms. This year, the money is earmarked for the remake of the radiotherapy department corridors and rooms into stimulating environments.
34 teams participated in the competition, each with five people, including one golf pro and one sporting or media celebrity.
Foundation for Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital head Tomas Gedda said: "It’s quite remarkable that we managed to raise more than SEK2.2m to the children this year. This money is welcome to the children at the hospital and we want to address a big ‘thank you’ to all who have contributed to make this fantastic result.
"This year, the money is dedicated to financing a large remake of the corridors and rooms at the radiotherapy department into an archipelago theme with docks, fishermens’ sheds, the sound of waves and seagulls.
"This year, we also saw the fantastic initiative ‘Kids for kids’ where a group of young teenagers had worked and collected money to contribute to the foundation and the children."
FlexLink’s engagement in Barngolfen started in 2011 and since 2012, FlexLink has been one of the main sponsors of the event. Besides the financial commitment, many of FlexLink’s employees and friends contributed with voluntary work.
FlexLink CEO Mattias Perjos said: "We are very happy for the good results this year’s Barngolfen giving the children additional healing environment, which especially important for the children spending longer time at the hospital. The engagement in Barngolfen is important to us at FlexLink and is part of activities we run in the local societies where we operate, which is in totally 30 countries."