He came driving by himself in his personal Mercedes and played five holes. He impressed. He left. The talk behind was that his attendance was not ceremonial but serious golf playing.
That’s the story of Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima whose playing skills at a charity golf tournament at Game Haven in Thyolo on Surtuday turned him into a “Tiger Woods”.
From his excellent long tee off shot to the last par shot, the charged up and well dressed Chilima was a centre of attraction as every shot he took earned him praise.
Initially, the VP was told to play three holes but after teaming up with Fukani Gani, Shiraz Karim and Lions members Hilda Singo and Tarang Makhecha, Chilima, upon reaching the third hole, dared his colleagues to convince him to play two more holes.
Gani through Victoria Hotel swiftly responded by donating K2 million towards the course to enable Chilima to add two-more holes.
The Blantyre Lions Club convened the tournament to raise money to fulfill a number of charity activities that the club is undertaking.
Some of the charity works the club is doing is paying school fees for 200 needy students in government secondary schools and the tournament was required to raise K6 million for the cause.
In his speech, Chilima commended the club for the efforts, saying government alone cannot adequately address all the challenges that the country is facing.
“Imagine if we had clubs like the Blantyre Lions Club in each and every district across the country doing the same? Thank you, Blantyre Lions Club, for the wonderful work you are doing to alleviate the suffering of others and at the same time complementing government’s efforts in national development,” said Chilima.
“The work that the club is doing is very commendable because, as His Excellency, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has said over and over again, government alone cannot adequately address all the challenges that face us as a country,” he said.
Lions of Blantyre president, Hilda Singo, said their motto was to serve the community and they rely on partners to support their course.
Singo said the coming in of Chilima raised the profile of the initiative
“Our target was to raise over K6 million and we know that it is a tall order with just one event. However, through the golf tournament so far we have raised about K4 million which is quite substantial,” she said.
Some of the companies that supported the golf were FMB and Capital Oil Refining Industry.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :