Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng to Play for UNICEF Japan Relief Efforts and UNICEF Tap Project at Inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
“I was touched,” Tseng says after researching the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s project
LPGA star also hopes to support children in need following Japan’s earthquake
The hottest golfer on the planet hopes her play at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will support Japanese children impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami and also provide much needed water to young children in need in other areas around the world.
“I was touched when researching charities and I looked at the website of the UNICEF Tap Project,” Tseng says. “I have a soft spot in my heart for children, so I hope my play in Phoenix can help this great cause.
”Additionally, after seeing what happened in Japan, I want to utilize UNICEF’s global expertise to provide emergency relief to those children on the ground in Japan.”
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Due to the unprecedented nature of the epic disaster and its impact on children, resources are going to be critical in helping provide for the very unique needs of children. These may include health, development, protection and other needs that may have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of the catastrophe.
The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. Funds raised will aid UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs in Togo, the Central African Republic and Vietnam.
On Sunday, March 20 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, a top-10 finish by Tseng would help jump start World Water Week, March 20-26, which is a call out to the nation’s restaurants to ask diners for a $1.00 donation for their tap water. Every dollar donated will provide a child in need with 40 days of safe, clean water.
Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised almost $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally. UNICEF works in more than 90 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices.
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will donate its entire $1 million purse to charity, with $500,000 going to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and $500,000 going to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities. Every day this week, the LPGA will feature a player’s designated charity, or charities, through LPGA 360.