The Rotary Club of Madras organizes the Merchant and Bankers Cup every year played at either the TNGF Cosmo Golf Course or at the Prestige Golfshire in Bangalore. What started out as a small event a few years back has now become an annual feature with more than 150 avid Golfers participating. The funds raised through the event will be used for the various projects of the club. Some of the successful initiatives in the past initiated by the club are:
The Tsunami Relief Project: In an unprecedented show of compassion and generosity, the club collected and spent over Rs 6.5crores in 2005 in rebuilding a fishing hamlet called Sulerikattukuppam a little away from Chennai, India.
Polio Pulse and Red Measles: the State of Tamilnadu, India had the dubious distinction of being one of the highest polio affected states in India at that time. Today, Tamilnadu and India has been declared Polio free and the Rotary Club of Madras can take credit as being one of the pioneers of this program in India in the later 70s
The event is professionally managed with very attractive prizes for the winners and culminates in a fun filled prize distribution evening.
The Rotary Club of Madras Merchants and Bankers Golf Tournament 2016 fund raiser was held in Bangalore on January 29th and 30th 2016. This time the participation from Chennai both on and off the golf course was truly gratifying with a number of Rotarians also participating. The event was very well managed by Brandon De’souza of Tiger sports and it went off superbly. The course looked a Mini Indian Open with over 87 Standees and banners of our sponsors across the 18 holes of the course. In fact the best compliment we received was when a Chennai player told me after the event that our event was better that the Mercedes, BMW or Audi event both on course and off course.
This time it was a Chennai clean sweep, we had Rtn. Jacob Kurian winning the team event for MRF along with Samir Mammen also of MRF a sponsor too and Rtn. Alok Bhargava with Dhananjay Das were the runners up with their team. Our Rtn. Iqbal Sait won the best Rotarian golfer prize.
Our President Venkhat led from the front and thanks to his constant involvement and efforts we enlisted two major sponsors (over Rs 20 lakhs each)- Omega Healthcare and Davita.
Rtn. Harbi ensured that we had one of the best clubs in India Prestige Golfshire for two sessions once again like in 2014 it would have cost us Rs 7.5 lakhs. Our Rtn. Sarath Naru got 24Harvest who supplied us a number of cartons of juices like orange mango and guava on the course as well as contributed Rs 5 lakhs. Our loyal sponsors Nippon paints and Laurus gave us Rs 3 and Rs 2 lakhs respectively amongst many others.
We had a superb Gala prize winning dinner at the ITC Gardenia with around 200 golfers and sponsors attending with their wives. We had a live band and cocktails sponsored by Pernod Ricard. Host Virender Razdan GM of ITC Gardenia ensured that the food was outstanding and service impeccable.
This may have been the most successful fund raiser to date, with over 27 donors and sponsors and 15 teams and 140 players. It is expected the total funds both cash and kind mobilised would be close to Rs 1 crore (US$150,000) a record for the Rotary Club of Madras from one event. Overall a Busy but fun weekend for RCM in Bengaluru with this very successful fund raiser!