Chaka Travel proud to Sponsor the DEBRA golf society

We at Chaka Travel were delighted to sponsor DEBRA with its fundraising golf events and the Race to Mauritius

2015 has been a tremendous year for our happy band of golfers; not only have we enjoyed full houses at 15 golf events, we have raised around £150,000 for the charity from our golf events, donations and club fundraising activities.

It is a difficult yet satisfying task to say that thanking everyone becomes harder by the year. We have an ever growing list of sponsors, donors, partners, event hosts and charity of the year golf club captains to thank for their generosity, time and support. I cannot thank everyone in this letter without making it look like one of my scorecards, but I would be remiss if I didn’t name check the following people.

… our sponsors Constance Hotels and Resorts, Chaka Travel and everyone who donated items for our auctions.

I must also mention Steve Rider, who provides fantastic support and assists me with the occasional Morecombe and Wise routine (I’ll leave it to you to decide who’s who!) plus a very special thanks to our outgoing captain, David Hawes-Gatt, who stood in for a second term and once again provided me and the golf team with brilliant backup. This leads me nicely into welcoming Nicky Morris as our captain for 2016. She already has some great ideas for the new season and I guarantee that she will help us to achieve our ambitious plans. Of course my very special thanks to Lucie Robson for keeping us all in order throughout the year.

The year has had a number of highlights: 15 golf events including full houses at new venues the Leicestershire and Royal Birkdale, 1500 golfers registered to the DEBRA golf society, a record number of entrants for the Swiss Challenge and a most competitive year in the Race to Mauritius which has once again proved to be a success on and off the course (look out for some exciting new developments next year). Congratulations to Phil Dobbins and Warr’s Warriors as this year’s winners and thanks once again to STC and Constance for making it possible. We also had our first ever ‘hole-in-one’ at New Zealand – Dan Rowett took the sensible option and made a sizeable donation to DEBRA rather than getting the drinks in.

Sadly we lost three of our loyal supporters and great friends, Simon Morrell, Phil Shingler and Mark Blair – we will miss them terribly and I’m sure that all of you will join me in offering their families our sincerest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

So, what does our year mean for DEBRA? You have helped with funding research projects such as those described below as well as contributing to health and social care of families living with EB throughout the UK.

A couple of recently funded research projects in UK and Ireland:
• Epidemiological and Pathophysiological Studies about the Problem of Itch in EB Patients, Institute of Dermatology, Dublin: £62,555 for year 1 of a 3 year project
• Transforming Growth Factor (TGF-β) signalling in RDEB Squamous Cell Carcinoma, University of Dundee. A project to learn how cancer cells interact with their environment in order to develop treatments for EB cancer: £190,284 (2014-2017)

DEBRA also now has a small grants programme designed to fund key bespoke projects linking research to healthcare. Recently committed projects include:
• Longitudinal retrospective study on bone health in adults with RDEB, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, September 2015 for 3 months: £12,000
• Development of a Skin Fragility Assessment Tool, Dundee University, starting 2016; designed to provide data in preparation for clinical trials in EB Simplex: £38,225.00
For all those suffering with EB our work isn’t yet done , once again in 2016 we will try and provide you with the very best in golf in order to provide the very best for all of those who live with EB.

Once again, my thanks to you all.


Chaka Travel sponsors Matt Mumford in the EuroPro Tour at Wychwood Park

We at Chaka Travel are happy to bring another report from Matt Mumford as he enters another tournament. This is his report from the EuroPro Tour at Wychwood Park

A busy summer continues as I travel up to Crewe in Cheshire for the next round on the EuroPro Tour at Wychwood Park Golf Club

Started the week early with a practice round on the Monday followed up by the Pro-Am on the Tuesday

Great day in the Pro-Am playing with 3 great friends of mine, thank you Steve, Rog and Graham for the support. I hope you enjoyed the day, even if you found the course a little tricky 🙂

Starting on the 2nd tee in a shotgun start I got off to a flyer and with birdies on the 3rd, 7th and 8th found myself quickly at 3 under par

A bogey on 9 and I reached the turn in -2, another birdie on 11 got me back to -3 for the day before the tricky finish saw me drop shots to finish day at a solid level par

A good day though and a nice 6th place finish in the Pro-Am


Day 1

Really looking forward today as I had Pete from Kingsland Drinks coming along to caddy for me, and what a start I made as I made a birdie on the first hole

Bogeys on the 3rd and 6th were soon wiped out when I nearly holed my approach shot into the par 5 7th hole to leave a tap in EAGLE!!

A couple more dropped shots before a final birdie 2 on the par 3 17th and I was round in a +1   73 for the day

Thank you for today Pete, hope you enjoyed the experience of caddying for the day


Day 2

The projected cut looked like staying around the +1 mark so another steady round would do the trick

Got off to a rocky start with dropped shots on the outward 9 holes, but a couple of lovely birdies coming in on the 14th and 17th brought me back into contention

With my first round score of 73 and second day 74 I was +3 for the tournament

The cut did stay at +1 so agonizingly I just missed the cut by 2 shots


Although going home empty handed with the Pro-Am 72 and scores of 73+74 for the tournament –  I only dropped 3 shots in 54 holes so starting to now find some very consistent scoring

Here’s my scorecard for the tournament

Enjoy your golfing and until next…



Check out Matt’s previous reports here

Chaka Travel sponsors Matt Mumford playing in the TP Tour at St Pierre Golf Course

Chaka Travel sponsors Matt Mumford playing at St Pierre Golf Course in the TP Tour 2017. Here is his report from that day.

A new one for me this week as I made my debut on the TP Tour playing at the lovely St Pierre Golf Course in Chepstow.

I have played the course a few times when I was a junior golfer playing in the junior Welsh open so knew my around very well

The only difference now is this time we are playing it from the very back, black tees so it added a few yards on!!

I didnt get off to the best of starts with bogeys on the 1st and 2nd hole before 3 pars on the spin steadied the ship.

A birdie on 7 and a couple of other dropped shots and I reached the turn in +3  (39)

Back nine much better 4 straight pars followed by a birdie on the long par 5 14th – a couple more pars before another birdie 3 on the par 4 17th

A nice par 3 on the very picturesque 18th and I finished with a +1 score of 73

Pretty happy with the score after the start, and when I found out this was good enough for 3rd place in the tournament and a nice little cheque not a bad day at all

Here’s my scorecard

Have a great week and enjoy your golf

Until next time


Mark & Matt Mumford team up at Charles Hurst Golf Day 2016

“A great success”… Chaka Travel Charity Golf Day 2016 in aid of Sport Changes Life.

Tim, Gareth Maguire (Sport Changes Life, CEO), Gerard, David & Jen officially starting the event.

Friday July 1st, saw our inaugural Chaka Travel Charity Golf Day in aid of Sport Changes Life and what a great event it was! Prestigious parkland golf course Belvoir Park played host as we welcomed 70 golfers to play. Chaka Travel Managing Director Mark Marais is a co-founder of this great charity and creating a golf event to benefit the foundation is something that he’s thrilled to finally get off the ground!


Sport Changes Life aims to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and personal development. We wish to change the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people through the medium of sport by building self-belief, achieving success and shaping a person’s future.
Learn more about the foundation here.

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