South African

charity golf day


Through our fundraising efforts from our annual golf day, we aim to provide ongoing financial support for sustainable, multi-purpose and life-changing projects that will simultaneously nurture holistic childhood development and help to end the poverty cycle in vulnerable communities in South Africa.

The day is organised, administered and supported by the South African Need In Trust (SAINT)


Whether you’re a serious golfer or just enjoy playing the game, join us for a day on the picturesque New Course of  Essendon Country Club, raising funds for those in need.


Every child deserves to live a life with dignity experience a warm, safe home with access to good nutrition, medical care and holistic education.


We value our Sponsors and supporters who have helped us raise more than £3.5 million for our chosen charities over the past 24 years.

gala dinner

Not a golfer? Join us in the evening as we end the day with a gala dinner, featuring a three-course silver-service dinner, entertainment and live auction.

The event has been one of the largest of its kind in Europe with around 360 golfers and 500 Gala dinner guests, including partners and non-playing guests. For the 2023 event it has become necessary to stage a smaller event although in 2024 we expect to be back to our usual format across two 18-hole golf courses followed by a large Gala dinner.


At Essendon Country Club is situated in a picturesque 450-acre estate, which provides an idyllic backdrop for one of the most welcoming and progressive golf clubs in England. 
ADDRESS: ESSENDON COUNTRY CLUB, Bedwell Park, Essendon, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 6HN


The Golf will be with a shotgun start at 11:30. The required handicap for men is 24 and 36 for women.
Players must comply fully with the club dress code, both on and off course. There will be numerous sponsored prizes for competitions: nearest the pin on all par 3 holes, straightest drive and also a prize for the longest drive.


On arrival, you will be greeted by our team of volunteers, who will guide you to the registration area within Essendon’s clubhouse. Your team members will be confirmed, and if you are the team captain, you will receive your team’s electronic scoring device kindly supplied by VPAR. You will also receive a generous ‘goodie’ bag filled with a Nedbank Gallaway golf shirt, cap, Titleist sleeve of balls and various other items kindly provided by our sponsors.
Full English Breakfast will be served between 09:30 and 11:00.


At 7pm, we will be hosting a three-course silver service dinner with entertainment. Our gala dinner provides a great opportunity for networking and/or entertaining clients, colleagues and friends.  We hold an incredible live auction during dinner proceedings as well as a silent auction throughout the day which enables you to bid on a variety of highly sought-after items and allows us to raise much needed funds for our charities.
The dress code for the dinner is jacket and tie / cocktail dress.

Entry Fees

ONE FOUR BALL – £1 400



Costs include:
♦ Full English Breakfast
♦ Silver Service three course Gala Dinner
♦ Live Entertainment 

A Goody Bag consisting of:

♦ Nedbank Gallaway golf shirt and cap
♦ Several sleeves of golf balls from Nedbank & Titleist


Cost include:
♦ Silver service three course Gala Dinner
♦ Live entertainment

At the Gala Dinner you will have an opportunity to make a difference in a disadvantaged South African’s life by bidding on auction items such as holidays abroad, unforgettable experiences and beautiful art.

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Supporters and sponsors  have helped us to raise in excess of £3.5 million for distribution to our chosen charities over the past 25 years. We intend to raise even more money this year to help vulnerable children in South Africa by improving their education, health, housing and sporting facilities as well as assisting the disabled. These areas are the main criteria for selecting charities we support.

In 2023 we will be supporting the following charities:


The funds received from the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day have been allocated to CCFA’s Greening the Community Initiative which is an empowerment and environmental sustainability project benefiting the disadvantaged township community of KwaNobhule in Gquerbha (Port Elizabeth) driving social upliftment and environmental awareness practices.

The Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day funding is contributing towards the alleviation of poverty, assisting with personal and social transformation, changing and uplifting the community, preserving and educating around the isiXhosa knowledge of traditional medicine and indigenous plantbased food, creating a sustainable future while helping to offset carbon emissions with a tree planting campaign. To ensure project sustainability, practical experience and education are its foundation.

Therefore the implementation included a 23-day educational development programme for 20 vulnerable youths equipping them with vital employability and life skills to improve their chances of finding employment, an immersive wilderness camping trail reconnecting the youngsters to their cultural-environmental heritage, 2 horticultural internships, post-course assistance (mentoring, guidance with CV, help finding a job), a tree planting campaign of 600 trees in community schools and mentoring a nursery and cultural awareness Co-op in opening a nursery specialising in indigenous plants.


Thanks to the generosity of the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day, the FW de Klerk Foundation was able to support the following organisations in 2021: Cape Town
Society for the Blind, Iris House Children’s Hospice, Life Choices and National Institute for the Deaf.

In 2022, the Foundation will use funds received from the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day to continue to offer support to organisations making a real difference in the lives of children with disabilities and youth from disadvantaged communities. There are many wonderful charities working daily to improve the lives of their disabled and/or disadvantaged beneficiaries, most of whom have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation would love to extend a helping hand to these organisations, to enable them to make a life-changing difference to not only the young people under their care, but also their families. The work done on a daily basis by these organisations makes a meaningful impact on the quality of life of hundreds of very special young people.

Masicorp is a non-profit organisation working in the education sector in the severely disadvantaged community of Masiphumelele, in Cape Town South Africa.
Funds received previously through the NSACGD (R233 000) went towards funding Learning Labs and after-school activities at Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele.
Here, children receive extra Maths and English support and also have the opportunity to attend chess, spelling and Maths competitions after school. In total, nearly 600 children attend these Learning Labs each year, as well as a  further 250 who attend after school programmes. Due to COVID-19, children at Ukhanyo have not been able to attend school every day. During this time, attendance at the after-schools clubs has doubled as    children seek out a   safe space in the afternoons, where they can join in on fun and educational activities.
Funds raised through the NSACGD in 2022 will once again help Masicorp to continue the work taking place in the Learning Labs, as well as providing opportunities for children through after-schools clubs and chess.

We are greatly honoured to have the support of our wonderful sponsors. Nedbank has been our title sponsor since 2012 and been an amazing support through all the years.





2023 marks the twelfth year of Nedbank being our title sponsor and we are delighted to announce that we will be staging the event this year at ESSENDON COUNTRY CLUB

Although this is the 25th official South African Charity Golf Day, the event dates back 28 years when Geoff Johnson organised relatively small golf days for South Africans in 1995, 1996 and 1997. This prompted the idea of having a larger, charity golf day. Geoff and a few enthusiasts organised the first South African Charity Golf Day at Mentmore in 1998 where it was held annually until 2002. The event then moved between Moor Park, Foxhills, Stoke Park and back to Foxhills from 2006 till 2013. From 2014 till 2022 Burhill Golf Club was our host. This year Essendon Country Club will be our host.

Nedbank’s position as the leading golf sponsor in South Africa has been achieved through the iconic Nedbank Golf Challenge; now into its 4th decade, and they have been our title sponsor since 2012.
Our event is generally accepted as one of the largest of it’s kind in Europe with 360 golfers and 500 Gala Dinner guests which includes golfers partners and additional dinner guests. The late South African President, Mr FW de Klerk, joint Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1993 with the late President Nelson Mandela, remains the Life Patron of the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day.

Celebrities have most appreciably participated through the years – including former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar and former South African cricket captain, the late Clive Rice, who not only played in the day, but also formed a trust for the first five years with Geoff and distributed funds towards sport for children in South African townships.
Several sponsors such as SAB Miller and Callaway have also contributed to the success of the event over the years. The generous donation of airline tickets by British Airways, Virgin and SAA has always added much needed revenue in auctions at the Gala Dinners. Every year the golf day promotes tourism to South Africa through prizes and auctioned holidays mainly sponsored by the Mantis Group.


Our vision is a South Africa where every child lives a life with dignity, experiences a warm, safe and loving place to call home and has access to good quality nutrition, medical care and holistic education.



Registered UK Charity No. 1192321

Geoff Johnson (Chair)
Bernadette Washer
Eugene Kinghorn
Vicki Blair
Zulandi van der Westhuizen


Geoff Johnson – Founder & Chair
Bernadette Washer – Auctions & Raffle, Charity Liaison & Contracts
Carlo Lourenco – Nedbank Wealth Management
Eugene Kinghorn – Finance, Systems & Budgeting
Glen Corbett – Nedbank London
Ian Thomas – Branding, Program & Printing
Janet Broadhurst – Raffle Sales & Volunteers
Laura McDonald – European Golf Concierge
Margo Thomas – Website, Branding, Registration
Pumela Salela – Country Head: Brand South Africa
Vicki Blair  – Burhill Membership & Volunteers
Zulandi van der Westhuizen – Evening Gala Dinner


Through our fundraising efforts from our annual golf day, we aim to provide ongoing financial support for sustainable, multi-purpose and life-changing projects that will simultaneously nurture holistic childhood development and help to end the poverty cycle in vulnerable communities in South Africa.


South African President 1989 – 1994
Joint winner Nobel Peace Prize 1993