4th August 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Bruiners inspired at Moses Kotane
He might have missed the cut at the Sun City Challenge currently underway at the Gary Player Country Club but member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 Heinrich Bruiners walks away a happy man.
He was among the Sunshine Tour professionals who spent time with the young children in the paediatric ward of the Moses Kotane Hospital near Sun City. “When we went there, honestly, we might have expected less,” Bruiners said, “but, the reception we were given was overwhelming.
“We tend to take so much for granted and lose sight of the important stuff like putting others first before you. To see the kids and the nurses so happy for the smallest things really touched me.”
Accompanied by fellow professionals Jaco Prinsloo and Steven Ferreira, Bruiners says the visit sparked memories of his own childhood and so he came back an inspired man. “I came from a background where I had nothing. Guys like Ernie (Els), who give so much to the communities, really inspire me and with this initiative, if I am given an opportunity again, I will definitely be part of such initiatives.”
In an effort to engage and give more to the communities, the Sunshine Tour has plans to visit hospitals close to the tournament venues to inspire and give hope to the many children who see them as role models.
“I think it is important for us pros to go out to communities and meet people and show that we are not only about golf,” Bruiners adds, “and, we have already spoken to other guys to see if we can’t get more pros involved because, without our communities, we are nothing, really.”
He said players hoped to take small gifts on the next community responsibility initiative to be undertaken.