Airtel-Zambia has donated K145, 000 towards hosting the 2014 Mopani Zambia open golf tournament which will be held from 15th to 18th May at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe in the Copperbelt province.
Airtel-Zambia Managing Director Charity Lumpa said golf is one of the sports which can help sharpen young people’s skills.
Lumpa said exposing youths and empowering them with the necessary tools and financial sponsorship can motivate them to sharpen their skills and to be competitive.
She said this in Lusaka today when she presented a cheque to the Zambia open golf tournament organizing committee.
Lumpa said Airtel was therefore closely working with government and other institutions to promote young people’s skills through various sports disciplines.
She said in the recent past, Airtel Zambia was mainly sponsoring football under the Airtel Rising Stars which she said was an integral part of Airtel’s community empowerment initiative that aims at providing the youth with a real platform to gain skills and ultimately become stars.
She added that Airtel Zambia associated itself with young people when it co-sponsored the Zambia girls team (Junior Shipolopolo) under 17 tournament held in Latin America last year.
And receiving the donation, Zambia open organizing committee 2014 chairman Emmanuel Mutati commended Airtel for the donation.
Mutati expressed happiness that the US$1 million purse money budget has been met for hosting the golf tournament following the donation from Airtel Zambia.
Mutati disclosed that the golf tournament has attracted 134 professional players.
He thanked all the donors for lightening the committee’s burden in meeting the intended budget in good time.
Meanwhile, Airtel Zambia Enterprise and Business director Munyinda Muyunda said the golf tournament would enable his organization to meet various clienteles and broaden and expand its network.
Muyunda pledged that Airtel Zambia would continue to be an all-weather-friend in all sports disciplines to demonstrate its diversifying programme.