GWERU: The Bata Shoe Company hosted a golf championship tournament at Gweru Golf Club recently, an activity they say is meant to boost their corporate social responsibility programs that are mainly meant to change lives across Zimbabwe.
“In this month of September, we shall be celebrating Founder’s Day across the globe with a special focus on one of Bata’s co-values namely improving lives,” said Bata Shoe Company Country Manager, Simon Mutisya.
“We have partnered with SOS Children’s Home through our flagship corporate social responsibility project, Bata Children’s Program. For every purchase of shoes in the month of September, Bata Zimbabwe will donate part of the revenue to SOS Children’s Village here in Zimbabwe.
“This shall be the first phase of our mentoring program while the second phase will initiate a mentoring program which shall mentor young people to be good citizens of the world,” he added.
Taking the podium to announce that Zimbabwe has this year qualified to participate in the world championship of golf international armatures Zimbabwe Golf Association President, Martin Chikwanha also promised to keep improving golf facilities in the country.
“Golf courses in the country will receive major upgrades. A committee has been set up. This will help to have the best teams from across the country,” Chikwanha said.
Meanwhile, the tournament witnessed most amateurs improving their handicaps with a number scoring under pars at the end of each lap.
Fifty-eight-year-old Sakhile Ndiweni of Kwekwe Golf Club was the overall winner of the tournament in the male category while Harare-based golfer Yolanda Mubaiwa was crowned the best in the women’s category.
The country has of late been witnessing some huge interest in golf, especially amongst young people in the sport which was previously associated with the elderly and elite.