Total Golf Tourney Gives Succour To Autism Sufferers
The 20th edition of the Total-sponsored Annual Golf Tournament assembled over 200 veteran and contemporary golfers on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the IBB International Golf & Country Club in Abuja, to galvanise support for sufferers of autism in Nigeria.
Congratulating the golfers at the dinner held after the 18-hole event, the Managing Director of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, who could not hide his excitement at the record number of golfers, said: “I am very impressed and happy to see that the participants finished safely without any incident… it is the first golf event I am participating in since my assumption of work as the managing director and you will agree with me that there is so much fun in the game of golf. We hope that Total has provided you with the platform for the many triumphs recorded today.”
He explained that since 2011, “it has been our practice to refocus the golf event as a charity-based event that will benefit the less-privileged living where the tournament is staged.”
The MD added that “over the years, Total has been committed to promoting sports and healthy living amongst other things. Each year, we contribute to golf event and other sporting events in the country especially in Rivers State and Abuja as we can see today. We sponsor this golf tournament and rotate it among our operational locations; Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja.”
Terraz said that the proceeds of the tournament would be added to the sum of two million naira from Total and handed over to the Zamarr Institute, which “caters for children battling with the effects of autism.”
In her response, the Chief Executive Officer of Zamarr Institute, Mrs. Khadeejah Oluronke Katagum expressed her gratitude to Total for the support and made a presentation on the work of the institute.
Captain of the Club, Hamid Abbo lauded Total’s support for the less-privileged in the society and thanked the company for choosing the Club as host of the tournament.
The charity tournament and dinner attracted high profile politicians and industry leaders including the immediate past president of the Senate, David Mark, former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Austen Oniwon, representative of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Chidi Momah, Port Harcourt Area Manager & Manager Policy, Government & Public Affairs Chevron Nigeria Ltd., Joe Jakpa.
Others were former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Senate president, Iyorchia Ayu amongst others.
The dinner featured the presentation of prizes/awards to winners in the various categories, a raffle draw, cutting of the tournament cake and other side attractions.