On Friday, 26 May 2023, The Association for The Aged (TAFTA) hosted the return of their coveted Meals on Wheels Corporate Golf Day fundraiser.
The non-profit organisation garnered support from over 30 corporates and businesses in the form of participating four-ball teams, tee sponsors and prize sponsorships. With 14 teams joining them on the scenic course of the Mount Edgecombe Country Club, the day was filled with friendly rivalry, networking and contact building through interactions with various sponsors at selected tee’s.
Divisional Manager of Operations at Tafta, Yoshina Kistensamy said the event was an overall success, raising over R100 000.00 toward the meal delivery service with an annual provision of over 11,500 meals being delivered directly to the doors of elders. “It was overwhelming to receive support of this magnitude from the players, promoters and prize sponsors. We are so grateful for their involvement in furthering our cause and are encouraged by the support of each contributors’ goods as well as service offerings to the success of our fundraiser,” explained Kistensamy.
Following the tournament; Tafta hosted a prize giving dinner at the Country Club’s Kingfisher’s Room where each participant was honoured with a gift and team members of Castle Sea CC (Shipping and Freight Agents) were announced as the winners. “As I entered the reception, I was greeted by a colourful display of banners and a group of warm, bubbly, friendly Tafta personnel; which, together with the Tee sponsors providing refreshments, added a feel-good vibe. This set up the atmosphere for a good golfing day which led to our victory,” said Roy Peters, Director of Castle Sea CC.
Femada Shamam, CEO of Tafta is hopeful that the success of this event leads to more awareness around the needs of older people, saying; “The shift in perspective that is found when spending time in the great outdoors is incomparable. I believe that being one with nature grounds us and reminds us that this earth is here for us all to enjoy meaningful life. This is one of the reasons why we choose to host a golf challenge in support of Tafta's Meals on Wheels service. Despite it being a great way to honour our donors with something they enjoy, the day also brings with it a sense of peace and enlightenment. In our own enjoyment, we are reminded and made cognizant of the fact that there are vulnerable members of society who rely on the goodness of others to access their basic needs. Through this event, we are able to engage with our donors and service providers to cast a spotlight on the need for affordable, convenient and nutritious meals for older people.”
If you would like to play your part in making nutritional wellbeing accessible to older people, visit Tafta’s website at www.tafta.org.za to donate toward the Meals on Wheels service.