THE 2018 Zambia Open Organising Committee has recorded an excess US$15,000 of its budget after Fralline Engineering in conjunction with Howden of South Africa made a last donation towards the event that swings into action tomorrow.
ZOOC chairperson Emmanuel Mutati announced after Fralline directors Pelmel Bonda and Martin Sichembe presented the cheque at Nkana Golf Club yesterday.
“We sincerely thank Fralline Engineering and Howden for this shot in the arm. This raises our income to US$515,000 and puts us in the comfort zone in terms of logistics for the tournament. We sincerely hope that Fralline will be part of us since we have been given the rights to host the Zambia Open for the next four years,” said Mutati.
The total budget target for the tournament was set at US$500,000 which was raised from various corporate sponsors making Fralline’s donation a profits that will go towards financing the junior golf academy.
And Bonda, whose company Fralline represents Howden in Zambia, said when presenting the cheque that the two companies were proud to be associated with main sponsors Mopani and Redpath because the Zambia Open presented immense opportunities for not only golfers but Kitwe residents and the nation.
“We are mostly impressed by the pristine condition in which the course has been upgraded to, which puts it among the best golf courses in the world. We are very proud to be associated with this tournament because it fits well into the government’s agenda of a health nation through sport. And this will not be the last time we are donating to the tournament; we are reliably informed that Nkana Golf Club will host three more editions of the Open in the next three years,” said Bonda.