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Golf fundraiser to help sister city

Money goes to medical clinic in Sariaya, Philippines

Posted: June 28, 2008 11:31 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Swing a golf club in Santa Clarita, treat sick people in the Philippines.

The city’s second annual Sister Cities Golf Classic Tournament will take place Monday with the proceeds funding a medical clinic in Sariaya, Philippines, one of Santa Clarita’s sister cities. Golfers can register for the tournament at 9 a.m. at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club and tee off at 10 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association is co-sponsoring the event along with the Santa Clarita Valley International Program.

The SCVIP is a local nonprofit organization focused on expanding relations between the City of Santa Clarita and international cities. SCVIP has overseen cultural tours, student exchange tours, literacy and medical missions and economic development projects in such countries as Philippines, Ecuador, Nicaragua, India and China.

Sariaya, Philippines, is located 75 miles south of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, with a population of 146,000. It has been Santa Clarita’s sister city since 2003. A 400-year-old Christian community lives in Sariaya with a 250-year-old St. Francis of Assisi church. The medical facility will provide free medical services to the indigent poor. It broke ground in February.

“There is currently no health clinic in Sariaya,” says SCVIP Boardmember Elena Galvez, “So the clinic will be serving the community with much-needed healthcare.”

She did not have exact numbers on how much the tournament has raised so far, but she did expect to raise more many than in the first tournament last year since more golfers are participating this year.
Registration fees for the golf tournament run at $175 per person, and $650 per foursome.

Robinson Ranch is at 27734 Sand Canyon Road.


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