The title sponsor of the upcoming Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill has announced that they will be donating 100 per cent of all ticket sales from the PSA M100 tournament to children’s charity CLIC Sargent, who offer cancer support for young people.
The Channel VAS Championship – which takes place between December 8-12 in Weybridge, England – is the second biggest PSA World Tour event to be held in Europe this season, with the prestigious British Open being the only European tournament to offer a higher prize fund than the $100,000 on offer at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club.
Channel VAS Chairman Bassim Haidar – an active player at St George’s Hill – made the decision to donate all proceeds to CLIC Sargent after the charity helped support his daughter, who has suffered with leukaemia for many years.
“It's fantastic that we are able to donate all ticket sales from the Channel VAS Championship to CLIC Sargent, one of my favourite charities, who offer tremendous support to children battling cancer and their families,” said Tournament Promoter and former World No.30 Danny Lee.
“It is estimated that we will raise over £15,000.”
The 2016 instalment of the Channel VAS Championship has quadrupled the amount of prize money on offer compared to last year, and features some of the world’s leading players, with World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, his brother, World No.7 Marwan, World No.4 Omar Mosaad and Colombian World No.8 Miguel Angel Rodriguez all aiming for honours.
Speaking about his company’s decision to sponsor the event, Haidar said: “The Channel VAS Championship at St George's Hill in the UK on December 8-12 will be a top-tier PSA tournament that will gather the biggest names in professional squash.
“Being a big fan of the sport myself, I am looking forward to seeing Channel VAS create a memorable event for the whole squash world to enjoy. As a company, Channel VAS has made a strategic decision to support squash, which is also reflected by the sponsorship of Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy, who are both top squash athletes.
“Our plan is to establish the Channel VAS Championship tournament as a yearly staple in the PSA calendar, and make it an event that all athletes and fans alike will be eagerly expecting.”
The qualifying rounds of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill take place between December 6-7, while the main draw begins a day later and runs up until the final on Monday December 12.
Tickets for the tournament are priced from £10-£45 and can be booked online at Ticketmaster.
About Channel VAS
Channel VAS is the premium Fintech provider of Mobile Financial and Value Added Services for Mobile Operators, covering a wide range of services, from Airtime Credit, Virtual Airtime Distribution and Mobile Financial Services to Advertising, Content and Marketing solutions, all through Big Data and cutting edge proprietary Analytics tools. Channel VAS is an affiliate of Channel IT, Africa’s largest independent distributor of Mobile Network Infrastructure, with presence in more than 15 countries and a continuous expansion to new markets globally.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health.
Every day, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams step in and help, support and guide. They provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.
CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. CLIC Sargent do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well. If the worst happens, they work with bereaved families to get them support and to help them cope with their emotional pain.