21 Nov Zimbali Charity Golf Day – Sunday 19 November 2017
A warm African Sun gently touched the fairways and surrounding houses of Zimbali. Its fingers reaching further each minute as it lit up our magnificent Estate.
The day had arrived when we would be hosting our annual Zimbali Charity Club Golf Day. We had been blessed with a magnificent day, which came after a series of days of heavy welcome rain. Everything natural seemed to be craning to greet the sun and look out for the disturbance of the golfers for a shotgun start at 07:30.
All the plans had been made with numerous last minute changes to a final full field of 128 golfers. A four ball Alliance with two to count on all holes but with only one on the par three’s. Sponsors had contributed generously and the fantastic prizes had been collected by our amazing Ladies Committee of Anne Domiro, Sonja Whittaker, Cara Dunlop and Nalina Valjee.
The Club Team was up early, after a late night wedding getting only a few hours off, to prepare the Crowned Eagle restaurant for 170 luncheon guests. The Children of Nkobongo, knowing this could make a massive difference in their lives, had shown their appreciation by making each guest at the luncheon a little gift. The scene was set for a great day of fun and giving to a worthy cause.
The golfers trickled in to registration, with some taking the fancy dress theme seriously. A generous goody bag was handed to each golfer and they went off to their respective positions to do tussle with their swings and the course.
Prize giving was combined with a marvellous luncheon that was very tasty and showed off the culinary skills of our Chefs. Much excitement grew as Peter Hodsdon, who runs Nobongo Resource Centre, and Zamo Mngagi, the Manager there told the audience of their amazing work they do, to assist the AIDS Orphans stay alive and become productive members of society, in the face of their harsh circumstances they find themselves.
The day was won by Eric Huang, Brian Whitfield, Gordon Manning and Louis De Colbert, counted in on 83 points. There were only 2 points separating the top six places. Full results of the day are published in the normal Club News.
The Golf Day Entrants and initial sponsors brought in about R80k. An anonymous donor offered me a “Double Deal” where if we got to R100k he would double it up to a value of R150k. Wow how amazing! This set the mood and at the luncheon, we put the challenge to the golfers and friends. We had some marvellous other pledges of R50k, R20k and cash collected from those present, as well as our Chairman of Golf, John Winton, giving R20k from the Member’s Golf Fund. In the end, we raised R400k for Nkobongo. How amazing that all those donors came together to make a difference for deserving children. Thank you everybody who contributed.
All present agreed we could spread our wings with the Charity Club in Zimbali. Opportunity exists to be more inclusive and to have other forms of raising money and goods that could go to other causes. Send us your ideas.
We then had a music quiz where sound bites of well-known music were played for the audience to guess the song title and artist. Frantic cries for the attention of our Quiz Mistress Linda Druce led to people winning spot prizes to everyone’s delight. More of this next year.
The musician then continued with more dance music and people danced the afternoon away to Kaptein, retiring to a comfy spot for that last glass of wine or whiskey with, now much closer, friends.
Paul Botha ~ Organiser ‘The Zimbali Charity Golf Committee’.