Old Mutual Malawi plc has pumped K6.5 million into the Malawi Open Ladies Strokeplay Championships set for Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) between April 11 and 14 to be the headline sponsor of the international event.
The investment and financial services company’s corporate affairs and marketing executive Linda Poya said they have partnered the Ladies Golf Union of Malawi (LGUoM) in the competition as a way of appreciating women that have made positive contributions to the country in the area of sports as the world commemorated the International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8.
“Women have power to make great things happen. Women need to create value for themselves and LGUoM has done just that by organising the international event. Therefore, we thought it wise to celebrate the International Women’s Day in a special way with them,” she said.
Poya also urged the lady golfers to respect the theme of the day ‘Balance for Better’, which suggests that mothers should create a positive future for their children by, among other things, giving male children a good upbringing because if neglected, they will grow with the mentality of disrespecting women.
LGUoM treasurer Hariet Mariani thanked Old Mutual for the support, saying it will go a long way in helping them host a world-class event.
“We are grateful to Old Mutual for this support. Now, we can confidently say we are set for the competition as our budget has been met,” she said.
The contest, which Malawi is hosting for the first time since 1972, will start on April 11 with practice sessions before having Division A, B and C events on April 12 and 13. It will climax with the Championship Division on April 14.
It has attracted golfers from Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi.