Limpopo and Namibian Clubs Show the Way in Sanlam Cancer Challenge

For the past 22 years the Sanlam Cancer Challenge for amateur golfers delivered when the heat was on to get to the targets set by the organisers and main sponsors.

2014 will be no exception and with less that half the clubs in South Africa and Namibia just finished with their respective tournaments, already 10735 rounds of golf have been completed and the total of R1 221 212.00 already raised is fast approaching the halfway mark. The eventual target is set at R3.5 million.

But, and this got to be emphasized, it is again the smaller clubs leading the way and what happened last month at the Mogol club in Limpopo and the Namibian club Mariental can only be described as a miracle. Between these two clubs they raised almost R153 000.00 with Mogol from Lephalale (Ellisras) topping the log with R80 909.00. The Namibians’ effort came down to R72 000.00.

Although the Limpopo players can boast with the bigger total, things look slightly different once you start doing the calculation in a different manner. And there Mariental is by far ahead against their rivals if you calculate what was raised per head with the amount of players taking part on the day. At Mogol 110 players teed-off which represents on average R735.53. In Mariental only 27 players were in action on the day in question and converts to a massive R2 666.66 per player. An unbelievable achievement!

Without knowing what tactic the other club followed, they did basically the same thing in order to get to their respective totals. Donations from businesses, raffles and auctions where game and hunting expeditions were on offer, was what both these clubs used to get to their totals.

In Lephalale the Exxaro Groote Geluk and Waterberg mines as well as Eskom Madupi donated R10 000.00 each. In Namibia the Sanlam representatives, Mona Klose, Betsie du Toit and Matthys van Rooyen walked as if there was no tomorrow to visit businsesses for donations etc.

According to Klose all the hard work was very satisfying. “The support we received, was unbelievable and I will do it again. To see how much caring there are and the willingness to help, is an experience I’ll never forget. Mariental is a very small place, but each and everyone gave what they could afford at that stage,” she said.

The manager of the Mogol club, Jan Beyer, could not have been nay prouder of his club’s effort. “I’ve been invloved with this project for the last three years and every year is going better and better. This year we almost doubled our provious highest total of R44 500,” he said.

Beyer, who is known as “Oom Jan” to everyone in Lephalale, could not resist a challenge to the rest of the clubs. “There are still a lot of golf to be played and I would like to challenge any club, especially the bigger one’s in the cities, to better our total. I would love to see if they’re capable of doing it,” he said.

Players and followers of this project are also asked to visit the Sanlam Cancer Challenge’s Facebook Page at the following link: https:www.facebook.comSanlamCancerChallenge where the challenge also is to reach 10 000 followers.

Source : The Namibian

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