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Indonesian Masters to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity's Sulawesi and Lombok disaster response

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JAKARTA, December 12, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity, the sustainable development partner of the Asian Tour 2018 season, will be raising funds at the Indonesia Masters to support the needs of tsunami and earthquake-affected families in Sulawesi and Lombok.

Ahead of the Indonesian Masters in December 2018, English professional golfer, 2013 US Open Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose donated US$ 50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Indonesia's disaster response program in Sulawesi and Lombok. Last year's Indonesian Masters champion, Rose will defend his title while advocating for Habitat for Humanity's vision of decent housing for all.

"I'm truly saddened by the events in Sulawesi and Lombok and in a time of need for the survivors affected by these catastrophes, I hope my donation can help restore some sort of normality," said Rose.

Habitat Indonesia will support the reconstruction of houses, water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and other community assets in a three-phase disaster response that could take three years or more. Ongoing shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions help disaster-affected families transition from relief to recovery and reconstruction.

Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity International said, "We are grateful for the generosity of Justin Rose. As the festive season of giving approaches, we continue to appeal to the public to help build lasting change in the lives of families that Habitat is supporting in the disaster-hit areas of Sulawesi and Lombok, Indonesia. Because of the massive needs, we must do more."

During this year's Indonesian Masters, tournament spectators, guests and golf enthusiasts will get the chance to support Habitat Indonesia's fundraising drive by buying merchandise and bricks and playing games such as darts, golf pong, and house of boxes.

Throughout the season, seven Asian Tour golfers – Berry Henson (USA), Casey O'Toole (USA), George Gandranata (INDONESIA), Danny Masrin (INDONESIA), Mitchell Slorach (SINGAPORE), Michael Tran (VIETNAM) and Wolmer Murillo (MALAYSIA) served as Habitat for Humanity ambassadors and volunteers, sharing the vision of decent and affordable housing with millions of golfing enthusiasts in the region and around the world.

Habitat for Humanity recognizes the Asian Tour golfers, their family and friends for their support in raising awareness and resources to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The Asian Tour golfers joined builds to help construct homes for families in vulnerable areas, participated in Pro-Am games, and held golf clinics for the youth.

For the past 12 months, Habitat for Humanity has served as Asian Tour's sustainable development partner – extending partnerships in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, and creating avenues for the golfing community to support meaningful housing and shelter projects across Asia-Pacific.

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To set up interviews, receive photos or further information, please contact Aaron Aspi, aaspi@habitat.org or +63 920 956 9181; Michele Soh, msoh@habitat.org or +65 9233 1544

If you have how to donate pages featuring charities this December, please share and feature Habitat Indonesia's disaster response appeal video: https://goo.gl/9QuxBt

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported millions of people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific.