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Relishing the 2021 For The Love of Golf charity tourney

By Olanrewaju Agiri
24 December 2021   |   3:26 am
The 2021 For The Love Of Golf charity tournament may have come and gone, but the memories linger on as the participants came, saw and conquered.

[FILES] Golf. Photo; FLYTAP

The 2021 For The Love Of Golf charity tournament may have come and gone, but the memories linger on as the participants came, saw and conquered.

The Love Of Golf Charity tournament is not a title competition, but simply a charity drive to raise funds for the needy – helpless Paediatric Cancer patients.

These are a special class of humanity for which the tournament debuted in December 6, 2020. Yet, golfers will always be players, as the participants in the second edition of the event displayed their talents and skills on the course on the final day.

Former Ikeja Golf Club Captain, Ajibola, stole the show in the men’s category, while Lynda Obieze was the ladies champion.

Chichi Alamu also proved age is just a number, as she joined the winners’ list, just as preteen, Destiny Oyero, was present to herald his future ambition in golf.

The Lions Club, of which Dr. Ademola Falaiye is a prominent member, played a huge role in the success of the event, even as they also had a round on the course. But most importantly, this charity event lived up to expectations when it went beyond donating items for the Paediatric Cancer Ward of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to adding destitutes from Orphanage home, Tripple G, also in Lagos, to the list.

Elated by the gesture, representatives of LUTH and Tripple G Orphanage, could not stop praising God and the donors for coming to their aid as they received the items.
Also thrilled by the gesture, Mr. Ayo Aderiwale, an industrialist based in Lagos, said, ‘having people like Falaiye, who initiated For The Love Of Golf Charity Tournament, who remember their history and give back to the society that made them as giving to the needy is cultural in Africa.”

Aderiwale added, however, that while it is advisable to maintain the initial objectives of the pet project on paediatric cancer patients, it is also normal to extend the gesture to destitutes, as their predicament is by sheer fate.

He added, “Falaiye is a leader with rich cultural background, who takes positive advantage of it for the good of the society. He reaches out to those who definitely cannot pay back and it is a welcome development that everyone, who cares for the needy, should support.”

Busola Ladipo, the lady Vice Captain of Ikeja Golf Club, also applauded Falaiye, saying: “This second edition of For The Love Of Golf Charity Tournament is a huge success; it’s an improvement on the first edition, which goes to show that the organisers have done their home work properly for what the event stands for.”

On the extension of the initiative to the destitutes, Ladipo said: “I’ll advise the organisers, led by Dr. Falaiye, concentrate on the Paediatric Cancer patients they started with. It will help them to be more focused and achieve better results without distraction.”

She appreciated Falaiye’ magnanimity, whom she described as a ‘go getter,’ and called on other public spirited individuals to key into the project.

Joy Ayonote also shared the same sentiment, describing Falaiye as an outstanding personality with a very positive drive.

She urged corporate bodies to support the initiative to build a better place for the needy, adding, “Care for those afflicted with cancer should not be a yearly affair; it should be at regular intervals, at least quarterly because the disease can be terminal and the treatment is damn expensive.

“This is why the initiative by Dr. Falaiye becomes very imperative for everyone to support it. I also believe that support can come by way of providing logistics, manpower; trained personnel for the hospitals to be well equipped, rather than giving only money for buying of just drugs.”