By Leo Mapfirakupa
This week the Brawlers Golf Club converged on home ground – Houghton Country Club – driven by the noble motive of raising relief funds for Cyclone Idai victims.
The event was co-organised by Child’s Call Association, a non-profit association whose main focus at the moment is raising funds for purchasing and distributing stationery to the identified schools in Chimanimani before 2020.
Early this year – on the 15th of March – Cyclone Idai drenched Chimanimani Mountains that cast the boarder between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
With its highest winds reaching 195kms/hr, Cyclone Idai is the deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin.
Due to its intensity, the cyclone destroyed roads, houses and schools among other infrastructures.
On this warm but cool golf day, unity was the main focus. Brawlers golfers – with sponsors and partners which included Nyaradzo Funeral Services, Doves Zororo Phumulani, DIDG, Zimbabwe Digital News, Strategic Dimensions, Hello Group, FGZ Holdings and DBF Capital Partners made the day a success.
The event was well attended, with dignitaries also gracing the occasion. Among them the Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Hon David Hamadziripi, together with his counterparts from Mozambique and Dominican Republic.
The golf itself featured a cast of characters who played each other at match play which included the in-form Brawlers Captain Fidel Zimbango who thrashed Trevor Zhou 7&5 who could only comment that he was a victim of Cyclone Fidel.
Nine golfers graced the podium with some good golf on a tough course which included Allister, Fidel, Walter as well as the guests who joined this golf day.
Real winners are those who donated their game takings
The real winners at the awards ceremony were individuals who contributed to raising the targeted R90 000 which was way surpassed.
It was an emotional moment as almost all winners donated their prices to be auctioned for charity. The spirit of social responsibility extended further to non winners as some gave away holiday packages.
Notably was the Mozambican Ambassador to South Africa, his Excellency Paulino José Macaringue who gave away a holiday package which got a R17 500 bid from the Brawlers President Tau Nkomo, all towards Cyclone Idai victims .
After the auction, as usual golfers and non golfers took time for some business and social interactions.
Ambassador David Hamadziripi utilized this opportunity by meeting up with various business people, amidst was a representative of Credible Resources Africa , a South African based company that provides mining consulting services to entities interested in the Zimbabwe’s mining sector.
In an interview, Nyaradzo Funeral Services South Africa’s representative Ms Molly Rumbidzai Karema emphasised that it was Nyaradzo’s culture to give back to the community.
She also took the time to describe the company’s offerings, “repatriating a loved one from a foreign country back to the country of origin , and processing the paper work is a daunting task, but Nyaradzo does it all for you. We value the decency to humanity we provide you with caskets not coffins on all our 4 Plans,” she said.
As one of the event sponsors Brawlers Captain and FGZ Holdings managing director Mr Fidel Zimbango, was excited to have contributed towards Cyclone Idai victims.
He had this to say about his company “we are a construction entity specializing in general building with CIDB grading of 4GB, NHRBC certificate, civil work at grade 4CE. We do property renovations, drywall, waterproof, paving , tiling and electrical works.”
Mr Pheneas Chana, the Digital Marketing expert from Zororo-Phumulani also expressed how their company believed in corporate social responsibility. Despite Zimbabwe being its major market, Zororo-Phumulani has rolled out several branches and outlets in South Africa’s seven provinces.
This coming Friday, Brawlers will be in Botswana, playing at CC Gaborone. Later in the evening, they join the welcome party for the incoming Zimbabwean Ambassador to Botswana, His Excellency Mukonoweshuro.
Days are getting closer to the annual event. On the 29th of November, all roads lead to Johannesburg Country Club as Brawlers celebrate end of year in a stylish black tie party.
Upcoming events: The first annual golf tour of 2020 will be in Sun City with the Brawlers playing at Lost City on Friday the 17th of April, and Gary Player, the following day.
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