The Nairobi Hospital held their annual Children's Charity Fund Golf Tournament on Friday 30th June 2017 at The Karen Country Club, with several winners awarded at the end of the tournament in the same venue.
Through partnerships with other corporates such as cba, AoN, Liberty Insurance and AAR, the event saw a record 8.5 million shillings raised, up from the 2.4 million that was raised in 2016.
Among the winners were Alex Kimaru who emerged as the men’s winner with 42 points and Gathoni who was the ladies’ winner with 40 points. The tournament’s overall winner’s prize went to Silas Onyango who recorded an impressive 43 points. The Hidden Hole Special Award given annually was presented to the former chairman of Kenya Hospital Association Board of Management Isaac Awuondo.
The Nairobi Hospital Children's Charity Heart Fund was established in 2003 to provide a resource for treating needy children with congenital heart conditions from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In this regard, the hospital hosts an annual golf tournament with the aim of raising funds to facilitate their heart operations.
In the year 2016, the contributions of over 2.4 million from their partnering corporates enabled the hospital to perform 11 heart surgeries for underprivileged children, majority of whom had no recourse to quality medical care and were destined to a sickly like and premature death, but now living a better life.
This year all sponsorship pledges will not only cover the cost of operations, but also change the lives of children, families and even a community.
Speaking during the awards ceremony, Nairobi Hospital Chief Executive Officer Gordon Odundo expressed his gratitude to the partnering corporates who ensured that the fund drive was a success and reiterated the hospital’s commitment toward s helping the needy children.
``I want to thank each and every one of you who came out to participate in the tournament and make sure that it is a success. I also thank the partnering corporates who have hugely contributed to the charity fund and the money raised will go a long way in helping the needy less fortunate kids out there.’’
``This year, we are targeting about fifty kids who will be fully treated so that they can lead a normal life and we will ensure that we continue holding the annual event,’’ he added.
On her part, ladies’ winner Gathoni said that she felt really good to participate in the tournament and was happy to be crowned a winner. ``It feels good playing for a charity event because it is a very worthy cause. You play joyfully knowing that you are giving back to the society.’’
``Playing as a guest is actually quite an effort. It was competitive and I am very happy to win,’’ she added.
Among the winners were Edwin Macharia (best effort), Irene Auma (Longest drive-ladies), Silas Onyango (longest drive-men), Vickie Karuga (ladies runner-up), E. Gathoni (ladies winner), George Makori (men’s runner-up), Alex Kimaru (men’s winner), Silas Onyango (overall winner) and Isaac Awuondo (Hidden hole special award).