The Gareth Edwards Golf Day at Celtic Manor supported a new cause this year when it took place in aid of the #StayStrongForOws campaign for injured Cardiff Blues rugby star Owen Williams
Williams suffered a serious spinal injury while playing for the Blues in a tournament in Singapore in June and is recovering at Cardiff’s Rockwood Hospital.
Cardiff Blues have launched a campaign to assist the injured centre and the rugby world has shown its support by buying thousands of gold and blue #StayStrongForOws wristbands.
Edwards, the rugby legend who played for Cardiff, Wales and the Lions, is now a director at the Blues and was determined to support Owen’s cause at his annual charity celebrity golf day, presented by Centric Recruitment.
He said: “Our thoughts and our prayers are with Owen and his family, and we’re all wishing him a successful recovery from his injury.
“The proceeds from my annual golf day at Celtic Manor will this year be going to support the #StayStrongForOws campaign.
"The support that Owen has received from throughout the rugby community has been inspiring and the Cardiff Blues are determined to keep the campaign going to ensure Owen has all the rehabilitation support he needs.”
Celebrities playing in the Gareth Edwards Golf Day included sporting greats Craig Bellamy, Allan Lamb, Christian Malcolm and Dennis Taylor, and broadcasters Gethin Jones, Owen Money and Geraint Hardy.
Zinzan Brooke, Derek Quinnell, Scott Quinnell, Ieuan Evans, Cliff Jones, Steve Fenwick, David Richards and Gareth Davies were among the rugby legends who joined Edwards in the charity tournament.
Current Blues players Matthew Rees, Gareth Davies, Tavis Knoyle, Scott Andrews and Lloyd Williams also teed up for the event.
Steve Fenwick, of presenting sponsor Centric Recruitment, said: “Centric are delighted to sponsor Gareth’s annual golf day and we fully support his chosen cause for this year’s event. We all wish Owen well in his recovery.”
Fundraising for the #StayStrongForOws campaign is conducted in association with the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.