The initiative being driven by Lusaka golfer, Brian Chisengalumbwe, is aimed at rising not less than K15, 000 and would only come into being once the golfers and companies have pledged enough to meet the target.
Chisengalumbwe said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the programme was still in its infancy, but that his organisation would soon engage the ministry of Sport to chart the way forward.
“Engaging the president in a fundraising venture is the best way that we can use to raise money for our underprivileged golf students because we are aware that people will pledge anything to see the Republican President hit just one T-shot,” he said.
Chisengalumbwe said the idea was conceived recently following First Lady, Christine Kaseba’s officiating at the cancer golf tournament in Lusaka where she encouraged people to exercise in order to be healthy.
He said the idea came as a result of Dr Kaseba’s encouragement that through sport people could reap more benefits.
Chisengalumbwe said the major aim of the programme was for junior golfers to get an education as they were practising golf because it was no use having illiterate golfers who would not add value to society.
Speaking during a luncheon at Lusaka Hotel earlier, Chisengalumbwe said GFAI which was initially formed with the aim of donating golf equipment to junior golfers at Chilanga and Chainama golf clubs was meant to make golf accessible to all.
At the same function, Lusaka golfers donated six golf sets consisting of three golf shoes and six golf bags to the juniors at Mpika Golf Club.
Speaking when he received the donation on behalf of Mpika Golf Club, TAZARA Deputy Commissioner of Police, Auxensio Daka said he did not expect such a generous donation from the golfers.
He said the golf sets would go a long way in helping to develop junior golf in Mpika which he said he had been trying to develop for some time now, but had faced many challenges with regard to equipment.
Daka said the tools would better the lives of children in Mpika as they would stay away from social vices.