bmobile's Annual Enterprise Charity Invitational Golf Tournament continues to powerfully impact communities across the country.
During its sixth edition at the St. Andrew's Golf Course in Moka, Maraval recently, players raised $17,000 for the Hearts and Minds Foundation.
The top spot was secured by the dynamic team of Robin Ragoonath, Sean Jack, Harry Rambali and Maurice Mathura.
Based in the Beetham Gardens, the Foundation, which is a collaborative effort of members of the Inter-Agency Task Force, (IATF) and the Rose Foundation, uses sport to enhance the lives of youths in communities in East Port-of-Spain.
It was during the prize giving ceremony however, that Son of the soil and esteemed President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, matched that figure, much to the delight and appreciation of the Foundation and members of the audience.
This has resulted in the Hearts and Minds Foundation receiving $34,000 in total to further its cause. Dr. Frederick was also the keynote speaker at the 2019 bmobile Connect Technology Conference and Innovation Week which was held on January 29 and 30 at the Hyatt Regency.
TSTT's Executive, Rakesh Goswami, noted that this year 88 players from across the country took part in the Tournament. “Over the last five years, the bmobile Enterprise Charity Invitational Golf tournament has proudly raised over $100,000 for charitable groups such as PAVI, Playable Caribbean and the Arrow Foundation by enlisting the support of our corporate clients. Every year a different recipient is selected and this year, we are honoured to give back and support the much-needed work done by the Hearts and Minds Foundation.”
Another Son of the soil Shaka Hislop who became a legendary goalkeeper and then an ESPN leading Soccer analyst was one of the prominent figures involved in this year's tournament. Since 2017, Hislop has been partnering with the Hearts and Minds Foundation to manage and distribute equipment to clubs and engage facilities that provide coaching, mentorship and a safe place for children in many of T&T's underserved and at-risk communities.
Noting that the Foundation means "an awful lot," to him, Hislop stated, "Hearts and Minds focuses their energy on youth clubs and promoting and establishing leagues. It gives young boys and girls an opportunity to play sport, to be a part of the team and understand exactly how important a team dynamic is in developing those skills needed to cope with some of the challenges they have in their own communities."
Over the last 18 months Hislop has conducted equipment drives across the United States. The equipment is then donated to the Foundation.
The bmobile Enterprise charity golf tournament is recognized as Trinidad and Tobago's premiere corporate golf event that brings together the Company's corporate clients and noted personalities for a fun day on the golf course. This year's event was sponsored by the Yello Media Group, Superb Caterers, Coca Cola, Dasani, VMware, Avaya, Mitel, Huawei and Hyatt Regency.