A TOTAL of 96 women participated in the Standard Chartered Ladies Golf Tournament last week to raise funds for ‘Seeing is Believing’, a global sight-restoration initiative.
The tournament raised QR235,000 for the programme.
The first women’s golf championship sponsored by a corporation, the tournament was launched last year with 92 golfers.
Standard Chartered in Qatar donated QR100,000 to Standard Chartered, Zambia as a result of the 2007 tournament.
The funds were used to provide 10 new Braille computers and $15,000 to the Zambia National Library and Cultural Centre for the Blind.
Standard Chartered Qatar CEO Tom Aaker said: “During my four years in Zambia, I was proud of Standard Chartered Bank’s commitment to poverty reduction and helping disadvantaged Zambians. I am delighted that our fund-raising in Qatar benefited a large number of visually-impaired persons in Zambia through the donation of Braille computers. I know from first-hand experience that the assistance will change lives.”
Standard Chartered Qatar also contributed QR50,000 to the Al Noor Institute for the Visually Impaired.
The Institute’s director Dr Hayat Khelil Heji thanked Standard Chartered for the donation, saying it “will help us to continue our different programmes for visually-impaired students.”
The event was organised with the Doha Golf Club and the Doha Ladies Section.
Sponsors included Shell, Tasweeq, Apollo Enterprises, Qatar Financial Centre, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Mannai Corporation, Ali Bin Ali, Yuksel, UDC, Gulf Drilling, Spa Chakra, Al Fardan, Conoco Phillips, Diva Lounge, Frank Provost, Global Consulting & UCE, Gulf Housing, KLM, InterContinental Doha, NAILS, Ramada Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Moevenpick Tower and Suites, Qatar Kentz, Four Seasons, and Sharq Village and Spa. There were also some private donations from individual sponsors.
Standard Chartered’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme aims to make a positive impact on the lives of 20mn people by World Sight Day 2020.