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Following the largest earthquake in Japan’s history and the devastating tsunami which struck the country on 11 March 2011, ISPS (International Sports Promotion Society) and its Chairman Dr Handa, will be using the power of sport to help rebuild the lives and communities of those affected by the disaster through the recently established ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund.


ISPS has committed to support the disaster relief in some of Japan’s worst hit areas and with a fundraising target of 15 million USD, the funds will be a great help to the communities of the most affected areas. The ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund has gained support from ISPS ambassadors Ian Woosnam, Sam Torrance and Sandy Lyle as well as other high profile golfers, who have shown, and continue to show their dedication through fundraising initiatives and generous personal donations. They will also be showing their support at the ISPS Handa Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum that will be taking place at Stapleford Park (3 June – 5 June) Where the focus is prominently on raising funds and awareness for the ISPS Handa Relief Fund.


Dr Handa, who is also an International Ambassador for the European Senior Tour, said:
“We are delighted with the work that all our Ambassadors are doing to help towards the ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund. Their support is very much appreciated and will help us make great strides towards helping those in need”


To maximise fundraising potential ISPS will be harnessing their existing partnerships with golfing bodies around the world and are confident that with the support and goodwill of the golfing community they will be able to reach their target.


Sam Torrance, ISPS Ambassador and former European Ryder Cup Captain said
"I was horrified to watch events unfolding in Japan back in March. It was difficult to believe that was happening on our planet. My heart went out to everyone in Japan as they are surely going to have a long and difficult road back to normality, and we should all do everything that we can to support them"


ISPS, established in 2006, supports charitable causes throughout the sporting world and is passionate in the belief that sport has a unique ability to do good for causes such as the ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund. ISPS are grateful for the support and understanding they are receiving from the various golfing bodies and golfers they work closely with throughout the year.


Media Inquiries:

For inquiries regarding ISPS Handa Relief Fund please contact:

Francesca Johnson –WSM PR Manager, WSM Sponsorship

+44 (0) 7703 672 589



For further information related to the European Senior Tour, please contact:

The European Tour Communications Division

Tel: +44 (0)1344 840400; Fax: +44 (0)1344 840444

Email: media@europeantour.com



About ISPS

ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo. The organization was founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world. ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.


ISPS recently established the ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund to raise 15m USD to support the families and communities of those most affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. ISPS will now be harnessing the support of the golf community to maximize the relief effort in 2011 and beyond.


For more information and details on how to donate – www.ispsgolf.com


About WSM Sponsorship

WSM is a specialist sports marketing and events agency and the leading promoter of the European Senior Tour. WSM boasts specialist collaborative divisions across sponsorship consultancy, digital, events, PR & Media, experiential, print and CSR.


WSM has been working with ISPS since 2009 and its other clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, Brit Insurance, Henderson Global Investors, MasterCard, Optimum Nutrition, Standard Chartered and Thomson Reuters.


WSM’s head office is based in London with an international office in the UAE; it manages projects in the US, Singapore, Tokyo, Australia, South Africa, Brunei and Thailand whilst developing new areas of business.


For more information go to: www.wsmsponsorship.com