Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Lobatse turns to sport to lure potential investors

The Lobatse Town Council (LTC) has cast its net wide on sport as a means to lure potential sponsors and uplift its community. The council will be hosting a fun-filled sporting weekend, which will include the inaugural Lobatse Marathon on the first week of next month.

“We want to bring people to Lobatse to see what the town has to offer in terms of investment, services, products and entertainment. We also want to use the event to raise funds to build a house for a destitute family in our town,” the council’s Public Relations Officer, Kushata Phindela, told Telegraph Sport.

According to Phindela, the marathon, which will be held on Saturday the 5th of March, will be divided into three categories ÔÇô corporate team, Individual marathon and the Children fun marathon.

“The corporate team marathon will comprise teams of five to ten people and unlike in the other categories, they will not claim their prizes. Their winners’ prices will be donated to a charity of their choice in Lobatse while winners of other categories will walk away with their prizes,” Phindela said.

She said the event will be held every two years with different people expected to benefit from the proceeds. Apart from the marathon, they will also host the managers’ golf game as well as a mini football tournament, Phindela added.

On the managers’ golf game, the LTC PRO said it will be held at the Lobatse golf course a day before the marathon. She says the golf game is intended to bring all managers in the town as well as senior council officials together to get them acquainted.

According to Phindela, the game will also help make people aware of the golf course, which she believes is being underutilised. The LTC PRO says Sunday will be reserved for a mini football tournament with four teams expected to take part.

She said the teams will be drawn from the ongoing qualifying games involving various amateur teams, which include the town council team as well as the Lobatse Clayworks football team. Off the field of play, the town council will be hosting an awards ceremony to acknowledge people making a difference in the community.

Themed ‘Celebrating our unsung heroes,’ the awards, which will be presented during a cocktail dinner, are expected ‘to help shine the spotlight on some very deserving people, businesses and organisations in Lobatse. Prior to the sporting filled weekend, the town council says it will take journalists gracing the event on a tour of Lobatse ‘to see some business operations and projects in Lobatse so as to appreciate services and products available in the town’.

The event is sponsored by various businesses, including Masterprint, who are the main sponsors.

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