A team of Sope Kayira, G. Araujo and A. Araujo scored 95 points to win the Women of Tikumbe Fund-raising Golf Tournament on Friday at Blantyre Sports club.
The team beat 13 other teams to get the honours of the event organised to raise funds to buy maternal health equipment for Zingwangwa Health Centre.
“We are glad to have won the competition which is aimed at raising funds for a very noble cause. As golfers, we are delighted to have been considered to make a contribution to the improvement of safe motherhood in the country,” said Kayira.
The Nico team of Donbell Mandala, Eric Chapola and John Gift Mwakhwawa came second with 94 points. Charles Merrick led the Old Mutual team that came third with 92 points.
Wanangwa Thidwa won the nearest to the pin on hole 5 while Kayira got the longest drive on hole 17.
Women of Tikumbe chairperson Fiskani Sikwese said they were overwhelmed by the response from golfers and companies.
“This shows how committed all of us are in helping women of Malawi who are dying every day during labour,” said Sikwese
The funds will be used to buy delivery beds and mattresses, a glucometer, scale for weighing newly born babies and benches.
Women of Tikumbe is a grouping of women from New Naperi and neighbourhood.
“We choose Zingwangwa [Health Centre] because most of our helpers in our homes and their relatives go to this facility for medical care,” said Sikwese.
Companies that had teams in the competition included Nico, CDH, Puma, FMB, TNM, Kingfisher, Steers, Parts Link, King Expo, Old Mutual, Tins, UGI, Macsteel, Combine Cargo and Johnson and Wilson.
Carlsberg Malawi Limited, Candlex, Uniliver and Protea Ryalls donated items that were auctioned at the prize giving ceremony and fetched over K350 000 (about $875).
Sikwese, John Suzi Banda and Gabriel Kambale also made monetary pledges towards the cause.