25 years of TotalEnergies Golf Tournament, Still Giving to Charity
Christmas came early for two charities, Black Diamonds Support Foundation and Wesley School 1 for the Hearing Impaired, both Lagos-based charities, as TotalEnergies Charity Golf Tournament celebrated its 25th year of consistent giving to charity by making cash donation of over N4million to both organisations.
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria and her partners presented N1million to each of the charities, while golfers who played in this year’s edition of the tournament raised over N2million, which was also split evenly between the two benefiting charities.
The tournament, played shot-gun style, took place at the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos on Sunday, December 12, 2021 with over 65 golfers participating. The Managing Director, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria, Mike Sangster, himself an ardent golfer performed the ceremonial tee-off at 7:30am.
At a ceremony to present prizes to winners of the tournament, an elated Mr Sangster drew attention to the Company’s passion for sports: “Sports is important for TotalEnergies, but we try to do charity alongside as well. The golfers have been outstanding role models in this lovely sport. We have learned to value the importance of giving back to the less fortunate while enjoying the physical and social advantage of golf.”
On the rationale for giving to charity, the MD said the company is passionate about helping the less-privileged, pointing out that although the tournament was not initially conceived as a charity drive, the Company decided to add the charity element 10 years ago.
“2011 was a watershed moment in its history when it was adjusted to focus on common love for people rather than only our shared passion for golf,” Mr Sangster said. “Since then, the event has served as a forum for reaching out to our society’s less fortunate people.”
The highlight of the tournament was the announcement and award to 10 winners of different categories who did not only received beautiful awards but gift vouchers as well. TotalEnergies EP Nigeria’s Performance Project Leader, Obinna Okoli took home the Men Overall Winner award while Head, Human Resources (Preowei), Stella Nze won the TotalEnergies Women’s Overall prize.
Senior management including company staff, retirees and partners participated in the event.