The Botswana Gold Union (BGU) in collaboration with the Botswana Red Cross has embarked on an initiative aimed at raising funds for the disadvantaged youth in Botswana.
The event, which is dubbed The Chip-in-for-Youth Initiative, is set to kick off on March 28 and will be held at the Gaborone Golf Club.
BGU Secretary General, Ben Tobedza, told Sunday Standard that the event is a joint initiative between the BGU and the Botswana Red Cross and is aimed at raising funds for the disadvantaged youth and assist them in different empowerment initiatives.
Tobedza revealed that it is the second time they are holding the event as the first one was held last year.
He emphasised that last year they were able to raise over P100 000, adding that this year they are targeting over P200 000.
“The event is a full day activity starting at 11 am with an 18 hole golf game. Different companies will invite their key customers to take part in this exciting competition,” he said.
He said they have submitted proposals to many companies inviting them to participate in the event and the response is positive. Each company will be represented by four players when it buys one hole.
“A couple of companies have already pledged their support by sponsoring teams of four-balls, advertising space and other evening activities. They are really looking forward to this day,” he said.
He said plans are underway to make the initiative an annual event as more companies have shown interest in supporting the event.
“The corporate world has been very supportive and the event is growing big. It is encouraging to see the corporate sector supporting this noble idea. This year, we are hoping that we will hit the target mark. We have already accumulated over P100 000,” he said.
He added that the initiative was introduced to promote the development of golf in Botswana and to take it to the people, especially among ordinary people.
He said last year the tournament attracted at least 20 reputable companies.
“We have to be in touch with the businesses that we do business in. We would like to achieve this by involving the community and the youth so that they can start to associate themselves with golf. It helps us to brand BGU as well as the sponsors since they also feel that their money is used properly,” he said.
Last year, Tobedza said, they donated the proceeds towards youth development programs. He said that since they have teamed up with the Botswana Red Cross this year some of proceeds would be donated towards charity organisations.
Tobedza noted that golf in the country is no longer regarded as the sport for the exclusive or the elites.
“Golf is not an expensive sport as most people think. I think one of the things that people should appreciate is that we have done away with some of the things, such joining fees, which restricted people from joining golf,” he said.
The event will culminate into a BGU annual sponsors dinner where sponsors, the media and other stakeholders will be appreciated for their efforts in assisting in the upliftment of the sport,” he said.
He said sponsors would be announced on a date yet to be set. There will be entertainment by Maxy and Big Fish of Gabz FM will be the Master of Ceremony.
“Some local sponsors who will sponsor the event will have a special hospitality area where they will be entertained by Helen and Big Fish. We will also launch our website on the same day in the evening,” he said.