The charity golf tournament aimed at raising funds to support needy students at Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) through establishment of a Students Scholarship Fund, has raised over K320 million.
Vice President Right Honourable Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, who was guest of honour and played in the FDH team on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Lilongwe Golf Club, has disclosed. Dr Chilima was speaking at the end of the tournament that saw 24 sponsored teams battling it out on the 18 hole golf course.
“Let me congratulate the MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata and her team for this initiative. You see, even fools can identify problems but it is only the wise that are able to identify solution to the problems they initially identified,” he said.
Apart from playing during the tournament, the Vice President also helped the university with technical advice on how to organise the tournament and personally approached some sponsors.
He encouraged MUST to continue thinking outside the box by being innovative and proactive.
In his remarks, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Bright Msaka, SC, applauded the Vice President for identifying himself with needy students through the golf tournament.
“It is very painful even to me as minister of Education to see some needy students withdrawing from their studies because they cannot afford the fees. By joining forces with MUST in this golf tournament, it means my office has somehow been relieved,” he said.
The minister reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that no student withdraws from public universities due to lack of fees. He said currently, the government is trying its level best but resources were just limited.
Taking her turn, Professor Malata thanked all the golfers and sponsors for supporting the tournament. She said their coming demonstrated that they are patriotic Malawians who believe in solving local problems with local resources.
“Please accept our heartfelt appreciation because without your support, we could not have achieved our goals. We intend to make this an annual event and next year we will be in Blantyre. When we come back knocking on your doors, please support us.
The major sponsor for the tournament was FDH Ban who presented a K62.5 million cheque at the tournament and had the Vice President playing in their team with Lab Enterprises director, Noel Lipipa as Dr Chilima’s partner.
The overall winning team was Lab Enterprises, whose sponsors had coincidentally provided the floating trophy.
Other sponsors included Standard Bank, FMB Bank, CDH Investment Bank, National Bank of Malawi, National Oil Company of Malawi, NICO Life Insurance Company, Malawi Defence Force, TNM, Malawi Revenue Authority, Airtel Malawi, SeedCo Malawi, Lab Enterprises, EGENCO, Airport Development Limited, TEVETA, Petroleum Importers Limited, Premium TAMA-Tobacco, Blantyre Water Board, Mota Engil, Northern Region Water Board, Old Mutual Malawi, SFFRFM, Toyota Malawi, Mr Sabola, Mahogany Insurance Brokers, Smile Life Insurance Company, UGI, Times Group, Nation Publications Limited, Candlex Malawi Limited, Universal Trading, Crossroads Hotel, Pfuma Caterers, Kachere Food Court, and Lilongwe Golf Club.