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Steve William donates $1m to hospital

Steve Williams, the New Zealander who has been caddying for Tiger Woods since 1999, has donated more than $1 million to Starship Children's Hospital cancer unit in Auckland.

The Steve Williams Foundation already supports a number of causes including junior golf and speedway, a passion of Williams.

More than two thirds of the $4 million needed for new facilities, including individual rooms, at the cancer ward has now been raised.

In New Zealand for a short visit, Williams announced his support at Starship yesterday, in front of a cluster of deeply-appreciative oncology patients, their families and medical staff.

"My wife Kirsty and I decided we wanted the foundation to support another area that was in real need, where we could make a big difference. We talked to the Starship Foundation and were immediately sold on the Starship cancer ward," Williams said.

"We spent part of a day at Starship and met many families in the cancer ward and it was impossible not to get emotional. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a child diagnosed with cancer and then have to go through the long treatment process."

As a father, he said making the donation to the Starship Foundation felt like the right thing to do.

Starship Foundation chief executive Andrew Young said donations of this size were incredibly rare and therefore so gratefully received "especially for an area in need of much support".


October 10, 2007

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