It started off twenty years ago as a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet to sponsor the many community causes and projects that it was initiating. Two decades later the tally of funds raised through the Charity Golf Tournament stands at EC$1.7 million dollars.
JQ Motors Ltd has been a longstanding supporter of the Rotary initiatives. Audi, a new line of luxury vehicles for which JQ Motors Ltd. is the sole Importer/Distributor for Saint Lucia and the OECS, has been the brand associated as title sponsor for the past two years, a perfect fit for a supremely organised and well patronized fundraising event.
Audi also donates a car annually as the top prize for any team scoring a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. The Audi has gone unclaimed for the past two years!
This year the tournament was won by a team sponsored by LIME and comprising Paul Marshall, Joan Paul and Kent Glace. In second place was First Caribbean CIBC and in third place a team from Karib Cable.
Thirty teams participated in the Rotary Club of Gros Islet Charity Golf Tournament, a vote of confidence from the private sector, considering the economic climate and the recent introduction of the Value Added Tax. Thirty two teams participated last year. This year’s charity tournament raised in excess of EC$80,000.00.
The General Manager of JQ Motors, Jason Clairmonte, has commended the private sector support for the Rotary Charity Golf tournament praising their continued commitment to the event and its causes.
For the past twenty years the Rotary Club of Gros Islet has used the funds raised to sponsor a mobile dental clinic for students of primary and secondary schools in the Gros Islet area, with dentists now seeing a reduction in the number of cavities per student from 10 to 1! Students received free treatment, cleaning and examinations.
The 1.7 million dollars raised by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet over the past two decades has also financed three containers of medical equipment over a two year period, worth over 1 million dollars. The Club has also financed container loads of wheel chairs, and students have attended a camp in Canada for youth suffering with diabetes, and since then they themselves have conducted two camps locally.
Mr. Clairmonte says it is that record that has sealed the Audi sponsorship of the Charity Golf Tournament. He says good corporate citizens go beyond just employment and paying taxes. It is their support for projects that improve the quality of life for all St. Lucians that matters and Audi is proud to be involved with the charity event.
Other sponsors such as LIME, St. Lucia Distillers, Digicel and in recent times the Taiwanese embassy have strongly supported the golf tournament. The latest addition is the accounting firm Ernst and Young based in Barbados.