With two victories on the Sunshine Tour this year under his belt, Bryce Easton has got time to think of things beyond the circumscribed world in which sports professionals sometimes move.
He, together with three other Sunshine Tour professionals who are represented by Big Sports Management, have joined up with a group of other high-profile people to become ÂambassadorsÂ for the ChildrenÂs Hospital Trust.
The trust raises funds for the Red Cross War Memorial ChildrenÂs Hospital in Cape Town, and, as a press release detailing the relationship between the golfers and the trust put it, ÂAn ambassador of the ChildrenÂs Hospital Trust is more than just a public representative but also an inspiration to sick and injured children who spend long periods confined to their hospital beds.Â
Easton, who took his maiden Sunshine Tour title in May when he won the Sun City Challenge in a playoff, and then followed it up with victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Zebula last month, visited the hospital ahead of taking part in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at De Zalze Golf Club this week.
ÂItÂs obviously very humbling to see what some of those boys and girls go through,Â he said. ÂWe donÂt really think about anybody else when weÂre engrossed in our golf. It was a great experience to get to meet a few of the kids.Â
He and Neil Schietekat visited the hospital together with adventure sports star Dan Skinstad Â and Grant Veenstra and Ruan de Smidt will get there at a later stage.
ÂSeeing what we saw this morning changes my perspective not just on golf, but on life in general,Â said Easton. ÂThere are a lot of people who are a lot less fortunate than I am Â than most of us are, really Â and a bad golf shot, or a bad week, is not a big deal really.
ÂThis is a way for me to be connected with a reality more important than I experience on a golf course. To give back in any kind of way Â even if itÂs just helping a few children smile and showing a bit of interest in what they go through Â is important,Â he added.
ÂWe would like to try and promote the hospital itself and try and raise some more awareness of the ChildrenÂs Hospital Â the more people involved in what theyÂre doing, the better. ItÂs the only hospital of its kind in Southern Africa. ItÂs a great place and theyÂre doing a lot of fantastic things for a huge number of families. ItÂs an awesome thing to be part of,Â said Easton.
Louise Driver, CEO of the trust said ambassadors will attend trust events and publicly support the trustÂs fundraising projects and campaigns.
The Ambassador Programme provides the young patients with a chance to meet their sport heroes and boosts hospital staff morale when they visit the hospital wards.