Blantyre Society for Protection and Care of Animals (BSPCA) has received a timely boost after golfers raised over K15.5 million during a tournament held at Mbawa Country Club golf course at Game Haven in Bvumbwe, Thyolo, on Sunday.
Fifteen teams drawn from a field of 60 golfers participated in the event.
The event’s organising chairperson, Charmaine van der Walt, said they were delighted to have broken last year’s record of K10 million.
“This is an annual event and we hold it in support of BSPCA. We feel the organisation does a lot, in terms of protecting and caring for animals. They also engage in awareness programmes to sensitise the community to rabies and other issues.
“We worked hard to realise this amount. Previously they used to raise around K5 million but when our committee came, we have been raising a considerable amount. It was not easy to break the record. We thank all our partners and sponsors for supporting this cause,” she said.
G4S were the main sponsors and the company’s head of secure logistics Nathan Nkhata said they had been working together for over five years.
“We are partners with BSPCA as they train our dogs. They also vaccinate and check the general health of dogs. This partnership is not only for today but several years to come. We also give BSPCA monthly support,” Nkhata said.
BSPCA Treasurer Dagmar Mayer paid tribute to the organisers and sponsors for making the event a success.
“Through this support, we are able to promote good animal welfare for both domestic and farm animals in Malawi through education and supporting the legislation of Local Government.
“We also help combat rabies and excessive dog populations through vaccination and sterilisation. BSPCS also finds permanent homes for animals that have been confiscated, neglected, abused or found loitering around. So, we rely on such support to achieve all this,” he said.
Farmers Organisation Limited National Sales and Marketing Manager Ronald Chilumpha pledged to continue supporting BSPCA in its work of promoting the welfare of animals.
CFAO Group Chief Financial Officer Peter Matiru said it was important to support BSPCA for its role in taking care of animals and also prevention of the spread of rabies.
On the golf course, Unitrans, comprising Wills Samati, Dave Tayler, Morne Rademeyer and Danie Meyer, were crowned champions with 89 points.
CFAO, consisting Conner Howden, Peter Matiru and Kevin Coombes, ended on second position with 85 points whereas third-placed CDHIB, which comprised of Bob Abbey, Kingsley Zulu, Rashy Gaffar and Rafik Maru, amassed 84 points.
Montego Malawi were part of the sponsors.