A field of 62 golfers raised over K10 million during a golf tournament held at Mbawa Country Club golf course at Game Haven in Bvumbwe, Thyolo, on Sunday.
The team event was aimed at raising funds for a non-governmental organisation, Blantyre Society for Protection and Care of Animals (BSPCA), which promotes the welfare of animals in Malawi.
During the tournament, First Capital Bank team comprising Martin Knollys, Paul Miszewski, Mike McMullen and Nigel Todd was counted in to emerge champions with 87 points.
Energem and Maple Leaf team, having scored 87 points, was counted out to finish on second position. The side had the likes of Danie Vosloo, Nadim Omar, Angie Perreira and Johan Maree.
Loadmaster team of Kelvin Windell, Abbas Mukadam, Wade Windell and Mickail Mukadam ended on third position with 89 points.
Omar, representing the golfers, said they had to support the initiative to help preserve animals in the country.
“We take part in the golf tournament yearly to support BSPCA as they do a wonderful job with animals including dogs and cats throughout the country. They do the same to animals that are in the wild. For example, there was an injured Zebra here which they helped out. So we feel it is important to revive nature and bring back Malawi to its level best,” Omar said.
The event’s organising chairperson, Charmaine van der Walt, applauded partners who supported the initiative, saying it was a successful tournament.
I am extremely happy with how the community came together so nicely. We had big sponsors that came up and how the committee worked together. I have raised the bar because, through the committee, we have raised in excess of K10 million. Previously they used to raise between K4.5 million and K5 million,” van der Walt said.
One of the main sponsors of the event was CFAO Motors and the company’s marketing officer Shamim Shabbir said it was a good cause to support.
“Looking at the good work BSPCA is doing in Malawi, we decided to support them to keep up the work of taking good care of the animals and educating people on rabies, among other things,” Shabbir said while adding that the tournament was a good platform for showcasing their vehicles.
Another sponsor, Farmers Organisation Limited Managing Director Henry Burger, shared the sentiments.
“We believe it is a good course to be associated with,” Burger said.
BSPCA Chief Executive Officer Dr Dagmar Mayer was grateful.
“We have been running this organisation for six years now. I really want to thank all the sponsors and supporters. It was all about raising funds for our organisation. We, at BSPCA, rescue animals in need and treat them for free. We also try to find good homes for them,” Mayer said.