The War Veterans Charity Golf Tournament organised by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) in partnership with the British High Commission at the Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) raised K12 million on Saturday.
Over 150 golfers took part in this year’s tournament to raise funds towards the welfare of war veterans.
British High Commissioner Holly Tett, who was the guest of honour, emphasised the need to take care of the welfare of war veterans who sacrificed a lot to make the world a better place.
“These are brave, dedicated men in uniform who fought alongside allies in both world wars. This event is for a good cause. We have a special relationship with Malawi. Our military corporation is very close. We work together in peace operations, “ she said.
MDF Commander General Griffin Spoon Phiri expressed gratitude to the golfers and also companies who supported the event, saying it was a demonstration of good civil military relations.
“This year we are celebrating 100 years since the end of the first World War and we have to remember that the world over there is peace because of these gallant men. If you had not spared your time to participate in this tournament, this event could not have been possible,” he said.
Spoon Phiri said the money raised will go towards rehabilitating the war veterans’ memorial homes in Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Chairperson of the organising committee, Brigadier General Dan Kuwali, said initially they had targeted K8 million but eventually K12 million was made.
TNM, SF International, Nocma, Lab Enterprise, FDH Bank, Standard Bank, Toyota Malawi, Umodzi Park, Airtel Malawi, Mota Engil, Central Poultry, Sunbird Hotels, Catering Solutions, Nkhanga Essentials, Ufulu Gardens, Victoria Homes, Seedco, Premium Tama, Lilongwe Chirani, Horizon Health, Med Health, Royal Motors and Design Printers were the companies that contributed sponsored the event.
On the golf course, a team of Ken Manda and Ash Godambe emerged winners with 45 points after counting out the pair of Cathy Matura and Lee Cho. The team of John Msonthi Jnr and Noel Lipipa finished third with 41 points.
Longest drive in men’s category was Medson Roka and nearest to the pin was David Ferreira. In the ladies category, Mutura had the longest drive whereas as Micheal Tigris to was nearest to the pin.