Vice President Saulos Chilima inspired individuals and companies to contribute about K20 million in a golf tournament which Polytechnic alumni organised at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.
The alumni organised the tournament, which attracted a field of over 80 golfers, to raise funds for students in need of financial assistance.
The group’s Secretary, Wisely Phiri, said it was a very successful tournament as the money realised was beyond their target.
“We wanted to raise K17.5 million which is tuition fees for a semester for the 85 students we are helping at The Polytechnic. We have raised K20 million through the companies that sponsored the 84 golfers that played.
“For a golfer to play, the participation fee was K250,000 per player, which is enough to pay fees for a single student in a semester.
“Also worth noting is the fact that the Vice President, who was our guest of honour, sponsored two teams at a total of K1 million,” Phiri said.
Other sponsors of the event were Nico holdings, FDH Bank, TNM, NBS Bank, Airtel, Sparc Systems Ltd, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Airport Development Limited (ADL), G4S, Press Trust, National Bank, Lilongwe Water Board, Mkaka Construction Company, JTI, AKI Investment, Malawi Revenue Authority, Business Computer Services, Dr. Thom Mpinganjira, BBA class of 1995 and Stewart.
During prize presentation, Chilima, commended the alumni for organising the tournament.
“It will not be wrong to call these former students of The Polytechnic noble people. They are noble because they did not stop at simply realising the value that The Polytechnic has added to their lives – but they went further to plough back to the college that they love most,” Chilima said.
He then pleaded with the group to make the initiative sustainable so that it should continue reaching out to more needy students.
On the greens, Frank Jomo and Chikhulupiliro Mphatso combined to emerge champions whereas Phillip Madinga and Justin Mkandawire, playing for a team sponsored by Chilima, finished as runners-up.
Edward Kauka and Eric Kazembe, playing for Macra One, finished third.
In subsidiary prizes, Gilton Chiwaula hit the longest drive in the men’s section whereas Diana Kambale won in the ladies’ section.
Harriet Mariani won the ladies’ nearest to the pin while Boniface Chima won it in the men’s section.
One of the country’s golf coaches, Dingaan Chirwa, said the alumni have made history by realising K20 million.
“In most cases, golf tournaments held here raise about K5 million. But this one is surely the most successful,” Chirwa said.
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