Dar golfer wins top award for dedicated services

The Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) golf Captain Akhil Yusufali has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his distinguished services to the sport and community programmes. He is a brainchild for the fund raising events to support the Lions Clubs Sight First programmes.


The award was presented to him by President of Lions Club of Mzizima Mustafa Kudrati in Dar es Salaam recently. Yusufali was also awarded an honorary Lion Member pin during the ‘Play for Sight Charity Golf Day 2013’ last month.

Receiving the award, the Captain thanked Lions Club of Mzizima for donating a new structure at the golf range to encourage junior golfers from all levels of life to come and perfect their golfing skills. According to Yusufali, the new structure will comprise six bays and will be furnished with fibre mats ordered from USA. Yusufali said:

“I’m humbled and privileged to have been able to assist for such a worthy cause. The Melvin Jones Fellow Award is the highest award presented by the Lions Clubs International. Yusufali is the first non-Lion member to be honored in this way by the Lions Club of Dar es Salaam – Mzizima.

The young and well liked Captain has supported many fund raising events for other service clubs and the Tanzania national golf team especially the ladies. He said: “None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of the management and the members of the DGC… they are the true heroes”.

The golf Captain wishes to launch very soon a Junior Golf Academy at DGC, whereby school children will be trained to play golf. “There is a lot of potential out there and golf is an excellent platform for career enhancement, there has to be continuation of the sport and juniors are keys to the future of the sport.

We hope our sponsors will keep on supporting us,” he said and he appealed to other corporate to also come forward and support golf. The Lions Play for Sight Golf 2013 tournament that was held on August 31, this at the DGC course raised about 48,000,000/-, which will be utilised for free eye camps in different parts of Tanzania according to them. The Lions Club is the largest service organisation in the world with over 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members around the world.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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