Despite the wet and windy conditions, over 100 golfers gathered at Kloof Country Club on Friday, the 2nd October 2020 in support of the Kloof Round Table 190’s third annual Charity Golf Day in aid of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT). Sponsored by Grindrod Logistics, this year’s event was originally set to take place in April, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown.
Aptly entitled “Goals4Gogos” the event succeeded in raising over R65 000 on the day which will be used to enable 20 local grandmothers from HACT’s Gogo (Granny) Support Groups programme to receive their very own sewing machine and participate in a 6-month sewing course at one of the organisation’s three community-based sewing schools located in the Valley of 1000 Hills.
Speaking at the event, Kloof Round Tabler, Matthew Helm said, “HACT’s dedication to uplifting and empowering local gogos is truly inspiring and their sewing project is one that has become incredibly close to the hearts of the Kloof Round Tablers over the past three years. We are very proud that regardless of the bad weather on the day, our sponsors and players still helped us raise these much needed funds this year. ”
HACT’s Gogo Support Groups Programme currently provides psychosocial support as well as practical and sustainable skills development, training and economic empowerment opportunities to a network of over 2000 gogos in over 70 support groups across 13 communities. Speaking of the difference this year’s event will make, HACT’s CEO, Candace Davidson said; “The Round Table’s support over the past two years has already transformed many lives, giving local gogos the opportunity to not only learn a practical new skill, but gain a new found sense of pride and dignity in being able to feed and clothe their families. On behalf of the HACT team and our many gogos, we thank them wholeheartedly for their hard work and perseverance in making this year’s event such a big success!”