Two weeks ago, on Thursday the 29th of June we held our fourth annual Charity Golf Day in aid of Power2Africa at The Celtic Manor!

After a hearty breakfast, two teams, USA captained by our Founder and CEO Nick Proctor and Europe captained by amber's Head of Energy Procurement Mark Corne, were formed to mirror the traditional Ryder Cup and our golfers took to the The Montgomerie course.

Offering a spectacular par 69 challenge, the legendary Colin Montgomerie called on all his Ryder Cup experience to create a course with many exciting tests of strategy. Montgomerie also drew on his roots in Scottish links golf to create a traditional feel enhanced by deep and penal pot bunkers which offered a number of challenges for our golfers.

After a demanding and tense day of golf, Team USA emerged as the winners and captain Nick Proctor lifted the amber Energy Ryder Cup!

Clients, energy suppliers, family and friends all came together to support the great cause and we all managed to raise over £5,000 for Power2Africa, a charity very close to us here at amber which aims to bring power to areas of Sub-Saharan Africa which are using harmful kerosene lamps to light their homes and schools.

Speaking about the charity, Founder and CEO Nick Proctor said “On a day where it’s been officially announced that the Great Barrier Reef is dead it frames and inspires people to change. This knee-jerk has never really got sustainable results and it’s so sad to hear that climate change has killed one of the natural wonders of the world. P2A’s (Power 2 Africa) vision is to ‘join the dot’s’ between problem and solution so we can provide clean power to everyone (there are over 2 billion people in the world without access to electricity). Our campaign is about being in the back of people’s minds at the right times, such that they change their behaviour and make a difference. We coined the phrase “turn a light off, turn a light on” – it’s all about continuous reinforcement of the ‘why’ when it comes to inspiring change and we’re aiming to reinforce the attitude to change by showing live our efforts in Africa. We are starting with one village and will gradually grow our support across schools and individual families with the monies raised. Imagine a day without power?”

The evening was rounded of with music from local band The Sleepy Weasels and a silent auction from the hilarious ‘Wizard’, Adrian Davies during which a huge selection of sports and film memorabilia was auctioned off to raise even more money for Power2Africa!

A special thanks again to The Celtic Manor, our sponsors Thomson Reuters and Tegs and everyone who helped make the day a huge success.

Photos will be coming soon, so keep an eye out!