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Rotary Club of East Nassau to host 33rd golf tournament

The Rotary Club of East Nassau is hosting its 33rd golf tournament, to raise funds for its charitable work, on Monday May 6 at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

The title sponsor for the event is Stella Artois, and tee-off time is set for 12.30 p.m. this coming Monday.

The tournament will be played in two-person best ball format. There will be prizes for the winners from Atlantis and Baha Mar. Other prizes will include airline tickets, and day-night stays in Abaco and Harbour Island among other prizes.

Chairperson of the event and 2nd Vice President of the Rotary Club of East Nassau Adrian White said that it is through sponsors like Stella Artois that they can go into the communities.

“It is through the donations and sponsorships of organizations and corporate

sponsors like Stella Artois, and other gold members, that we are able to get into the communities. We are able to participate in programs where Rotarians provide the added elbow grease – the effort, blood, sweat and tears to make projects happen and get things done. We cannot do that simply with only elbow grease, it requires funding, money, donations and sponsorships. We have a number of persons and companies that step up year after year, mainly through our largest fundraising event which is our annual golf tournament,” White said.

Brand Manager of Anheuser-Busch at Bahamian Beverage and Brewery Company Keiani Worrell spoke on behalf of Stella Artois, and said that this is a perfect opportunity to make an impact in the community.

“Stella Artois internationally since 2015, has made efforts and partnered with various non-profit organizations to give back to charities over $15 million. When we heard about the 33rd Rotary Club of East Nassau’s Golf Tournament, we thought that this would be a perfect opportunity for us to partner with this local charity to give back and make an impact in our community,” Worrell said.

She added that they are looking forward to partnering with the Rotary Club for this and other events going forward. Stella Artois is distributed by Bahamian Beverage and Brewery Company.

General Manager of Ocean Club Golf Course Robbie Leming said: “We give thanks to the hard-working folks at the Rotary Club of East Nassau. It is their efforts in helping to improve our community, and when you have 7,000 employees, at some point their lives have been touched by the Rotary. It is a pleasure for us to host the tournament again.”

This year, the Rotary Club of East Nassau is expecting over 100 golfers. They hope for no less than 80 golfers, with the limit being 112, and they hope to raise $140,000 this year.

Over the past 33 years, they have been able to net over $3 million in donations and sponsorship. Those donations have gone directly to the community, said White.

There are 12 clubs in The Bahamas, and seven of those are in New Providence.

“What the Rotary Club of East Nassau does with the money that we receive is that we back a lot of existing charitable organizations in The Bahamas,” said White. “One of those charities include the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD). If you have not been to that organization, you should visit it because it is one that is in need and Rotary is there not only making contributions physically and financially, but we also bring attention to charities and organizations in The Bahamas that need additional funding. We also partner with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation as they continue to make inroads in fighting the issues that having HIV in your system has within The Bahamas. We have begun participation with a new organization, the Road to Peace that is an initiative established by the Rotary Club of The Bahamas. It provides participation and gives solutions to what we have in The Bahamas, an overwhelming crime problem. It seems overwhelming at times, but we are making inroads.”

One of the most historic efforts the Rotary Club of East Nassau has participated in over the last 40 years is the Fox Hill Run. Its an initiative where they have provided food and supplies on a bi-weekly basis to persons and families within the Fox Hill community.

The Rotary Club of East Nassau and the Scout Association of The Bahamas have teamed up over the last few years to host the golf tournament. National Training Commissioner of the scouts Joseph Pickering thanked the Rotary for their support over the years.

“We thank you for your continued support over the years. Our mission continues to be the education of young Bahamians through a value-based system. We strive to develop young leaders by trying to make each individual self-reliant and enable the process of change. The scouts enhance and cultivate this value system through spiritual, social and personal principles. We will continue as long as we have leaders that will join forces to assist us in doing that,” Pickering said.

One of the community programs that they will be looking to partner with next year is the Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy, run by Georgette Rolle, a former Bahamian women’s professional golf player and a golf teaching professional.

Tournament organizers are asking golfers to sign up before this weekend. The one-day tournament is open to anybody who wants to play golf.

For more information, interested persons are asked to contact Phil Andrews via e-mail at panrmc@coralwave.com or on telephone number (242) 424-8819. They can also contact Ryan Treco via e-mail at rtreco@cgtbahamas.com or on telephone number (242) 422-7155.

Other sponsors include Odyssey Aviation, Aliv, Compass Power Solutions and CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Jump Line – Tournament organizers are asking golfers to sign up before this weekend

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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