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.