The Fifteenth edition of TCF Golf Tournament by The Citizens Foundation (TCF) concluded successfully with an attendance of avid golfers, C level executives and other guests. The one day tournament was held at Karachi Golf Club with an aim to raise funds for TCF schools – providing quality education for the less privileged. This year, the tournament format was changed to Texas Scramble to turn it into a more socially inclusive day for the golf lovers. The chief guest of the event was Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Asif Khaliq. More than 100 golfers participated in the tournament, to show their commitment towards TCF’s mission to educate Pakistan.
The latest Pakistan Education Statistics Report by AEPAM, Ministry of Education Pakistan revealed, there are 22.84 million children out of school. According to UNESCO´s published figures, Pakistan has the second highest number of out of school children globally after Nigeria. Pakistan also has the highest number of illiterate adults in the world. Additionally, we have gender inequality issues in education. Out of the 5.06 million children not going to primary school, 60% are girls. According to recent country statistics, compared to a girl, a boy in Pakistan has a 15% higher chance of going to primary school. (Source: Alif Ailaan)
Speaking about the event, Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra said, “The education crisis in Pakistan is like a ticking time bomb. It needs to be addressed at the highest priority level. If each one of us takes it as a duty to help educate the children, no child in Pakistan will remain uneducated. TCF has been organizing this Golf Tournament for the last fifteen years to help golfers come together to support education. The success of our Golf Tournament has been made possible due to the generous golfers, Karachi Golf Club team and the corporate sector who joined hands with us. Education is a long term investment; it empowers people to become agents of positive change!” Mushtaq Chhapra also serves as a member of Government’s new Task Force on Education.
If the citizens are to stem this tide of ignorance and despair, our foremost duty is to educate, enable and empower our children to become agents of positive change. Today, with two decades of experience and more than 1500 school units under care, The Citizens Foundation is committing itself to creating 2 Million Agents of Positive Change by the year 2030. In making this promise to our common future, TCF recognizes that the road ahead remains daunting and demands belief, creativity and concerted action from all of us – citizens, enterprises, institutions and the State. Enabling equal right, TCF ensures nearly half the students are girls.
This year’s golf tournament was made possible with the support of corporate sponsors, media partners and the well-wishers of TCF who believe that education is the answer to a better Pakistan. Bank Al Habib & Faysal Bank were Gold sponsors while Indus Motors, Premier Insurance, Habib Metropolitan Bank and Sapphire Group were the silver sponsors. Other in-kind donors were Mr. Rizwan Rasheed of Richa Leathers for gloves, Mr. Imran Gheewala of Selimpex International for T-shirts, Musadaq Zulqarnain of Interloop for socks, Mr. Asim Shabbir Patka of Millinium Textile Mills for Towels, Mr. Yasin Kassam of Pakistan Beverages for cold drinks & water, Mr. Sadiq Feroz of Saniplast for band aids, Abbott Pakistan for Mospel and Unilever for their giveaways.
At the presentation ceremony, prizes were distributed among the winner team, runners up team, longest drive, closest to pin and hole in one. The Hole in One car gift was also sponsored by Indus Motors.