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Rugby legend’s research donation

10 September 2012

Gareth Edwards

A Wales and British Lions rugby legend will help boost the University’s world-leading Alzheimer’s research by chipping-in with a charity donation.

Gareth Edwards tees up for his sixth annual celebrity charity golf day at The Celtic Manor Resort on Friday 14th September.

The day’s golf will be rounded off by a presentation dinner and charity auction in aid of Cardiff Institute for the Blind and the University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics based in the School of Medicine.

Edwards, a three-time Grand Slam winner with Wales during the 1970s, welcomes a host of his friends from the worlds of showbiz and entertainment for the event on the Twenty Ten Course.

Edwards is President of Cardiff Institute for the Blind, which has been a beneficiary of all five previous events, but it is the first time the golf day has supported the University’s leading medical research centre.

Gareth Edwards said: "We started the Golf Day to celebrate my 60th birthday back in 2007 but it proved so popular we keep coming back for an annual event.

"We have a lot of fun with a lot of old friends on the golf course but it’s also very satisfying to raise funds for these very worthwhile causes."

Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews is a keen advocate for Cardiff University’s world-leading research and acts as Patron to the University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.

Professor Julie Williams, who leads Alzheimer’s research at the University’s MRC Centre, said: "We are enormously grateful for Gareth’s generosity and support, which makes our fight to discover the causes of dementia easier.

"We have a lot of work to do and need all the help we can get."

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