Golf tour­ney raises money for autism


THE re­cently held an­nual Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank In­vi­ta­tional Golf Tour­na­ment raised M360 000 which will be used to sup­port chil­dren af­fected by autism.

The one-day tour­na­ment was held at Maseru Golf Club as part of the bank’s ini­tia­tive to give back to the com­mu­nity. The tour­na­ment was played by a field of 56 golfers who are clients of the Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank.

Among the prom­i­nent busi­nessper­sons who took to the course at the tour­na­ment was Te­boho Ko­beli, who is also a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in dif­fer­ent golf tour­na­ments along with for­mer Le­sotho Premier League Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (PLMC) gen­eral man­ager, Baitsi Mot­samai.

The tour­na­ment was played in scram­ble drive four ball al­liance. The over­cast weather did not de­ter the golfers who played in damp and test­ing con­di­tions. The Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank in­cor­po­rated a raf­fle where com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als were given a chance to make pledges which raised M180 000 and the bank matched the pledges to dou­ble the amount to M360 000.

This year’s fig­ure sur­passed the M200 000 that was raised for St. Cecilia Or­phan­age in 2017. In a speech read on his be­half, the Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mpho Vum­bukani, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to all the golfers and com­pa­nies that took part in the ini­tia­tive.

He said 2018 be­ing the in­ter­na­tional year of Autism; they felt they had to sup­port the cause to as­sist chil­dren with autism in Le­sotho.

“Autism Le­sotho has a dream to build a multi-purpose cen­tre to pro­vide the chil­dren with fa­cil­i­ties for ther­apy, life skills and nu­tri­tion train­ing,” Vum­bukani said adding that he looked for­ward to their par­tic­i­pa­tion next year.

Autism Le­sotho is a sup­port group for par­ents with autis­tic chil­dren which was es­tab­lished in 2011. Autism is a neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­der char­ac­terised by im­paired so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, verbal and non-verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and re­stricted and repet­i­tive be­hav­iour.

It is a life­long de­vel­op­men­tal con­di­tion that af­fects, among other things, the way an in­di­vid­ual re­lates to his or her en­vi­ron­ment and their in­ter­ac­tion with other peo­ple.

Par­ents usu­ally notice signs of autism in the first two years of their child’s life. These signs of­ten de­velop grad­u­ally, though some chil­dren with autism reach their de­vel­op­men­tal milestones at a nor­mal pace and then regress. The di­ag­nos­tic cri­te­ria re­quire that symp­toms be­come ap­par­ent in early child­hood, typ­i­cally be­fore age three.

Some of the be­hav­iours as­so­ci­ated with autism in­clude de­layed learn­ing of lan­guage, dif­fi­culty in mak­ing eye con­tact or hold­ing a con­ver­sa­tion, dif­fi­culty with ex­ec­u­tive func­tion­ing, which re­lates to rea­son­ing and plan­ning, nar­row, in­tense in­ter­ests; poor mo­tor skills’ and sen­sory sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

the win­ning team poses with their prizes last week at Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank In­vi­ta­tional Golf tour­na­ment.

BAITSI mot­samai won the hole in one prize.

MASERU golf club Pres­i­dent Nkau Matete (left) and Maseru Toy­ota md Hasa Le­limo fol­low the pro­ceed­ings.

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