Dar golfers in tussle for car prize in Rotary tourney

01Nov 2019
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Dar golfers in tussle for car prize in Rotary tourney

FOR the first time in history, Rotary Club of Bahari Dar es Salaam has placed RAV 4 car in tussle for any amateur golfer who will be the first to hit a hole-in-one during its annual charity golf scheduled for Saturday at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club course.

Par three 10th is where the car donated by Minet Insurance will be available for the rare feat of the day.

Rotary Club of Bahari president, Rotarian Hitesh Tanna, has confirmed availability of the car as a special motivation for the 18-hole stable ford day long tourney aimed at raising 40m/- to cater for charity.

The car becomes a special motivation in the tourney expected to attract over 100 golfers of all ages. The winner will take the car for keeps and, in case no one wins, then the sponsor will retain it.

Never before had the Dar es Salaam-based Rotarian club placed such a breathtaking and mouth-watering take away prize up for grabs throughout its eight past editions.

“This should provide additional excitement and competition amongst our golf community,” Rotarian Tanna noted.

Kinondoni District’s Mtakuja Beach Secondary School stands as beneficiary of the charity proceeds aimed at transforming the teaching and learning environment.

The school serves almost 1300 pupils and is housed in a campus in the Kunduchi Beach front area.

The Rotary Club of Bahari, in partnership with the business community, Rotary Foundation and the school will be investing in rehabilitating the water and sanitation systems in the school, so as to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene services directly to the children, thereby reducing their exposure to waterborne diseases. 

Creating healthier water systems in schools creates a positive cycle by significantly improving school enrollment, attendance and improved academic performance.

Children who attend school and learn positive health behaviours like washing hands, will take these behaviours home to their families. The project will also assist the school to rehabilitate the class rooms and the furniture and also provide assistance to the school in accessing a reliable printing service.

Rotary Club president Tanna said the objective of the project is to form an effective partnership between the school management, the parent community and the Rotary Club of Bahari to transform the learning environment and put in place processes to ensure that the improvements are sustainable thereby resulting in lower school drop-out rates, decrease in diseases outbreak and an overall improvement in educational achievement.

President Tanna believes that by engaging and working together, Mtakuja Beach Secondary School can become amongst the leading one in the region and a model for effective partnership with community.

Over 300m/- has been raised in the past eight editions of the charity tournament that contributed towards various club service projects, making a significant difference in the community especially providing support to the underprivileged.

Tanna said in 2018 proceeds from golf tournament funds raised were used to provide artificial limbs to over 200 people and the year before the club donated 43m/- towards supporting The Gift of Life to heal little hearts.

The Save A Child’s Heart Foundation and The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute at Muhimbili National Hospital that jointly organised teams of medical professionals who volunteered their time and expertise to perform life-saving heart surgeries at The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.  They also trained local surgeons and nurses on how to deal with the complex cases and on intensive post-surgery care.

Previously, the Rotary Club of Bahari supported projects that aimed at improving literacy, sports and creativity, building of school libraries and equipping the libraries with textbooks and youth economic empowerment.

The Rotary Club also made a donation to Sister Carmel Welfare center for underprivileged girls and built two tailoring rooms, donated ten sewing machines and five knitting machines so as to sustainably empower the underprivileged women economically.

Premium sponsors for this year’s golf tournament are Airtel, DTB Bank, Minet Insurance, NBC Bank, Toyota Tanzania, and Tata. Other sponsors are CBA Bank, Neelkanth Salt, George and Dragon, Heritage Insurance, Clear Services, SBC (T) LTD, Rickshaw Travels, Bank of India, Steelmasters, Scania (T) LTD, NAS Tyre Services Ltd, R.K Chudasama Ltd, iPrint, Jamana Printers and Hitech Sai Medical services.

Tanna disclosed: “We expect around 100 golfers this year. It’s going to be another great year and we are very grateful to our sponsors who have continued to support us in this grand social undertaking”.