BENEVOLENT GOLF DAY-SINOTHANDO
Amn Nwabisa V. Dlevu, AD ASTRA Magazine, photos by WO2 David
The Annual Chief of the Air Force Benevolent Golf Day took
place on 15 May 2009, at the Waterkloof Golf Club. The Chief
of the South African Air Force (CAF), Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano,
addressed the audience at the dinner and auction in the
function hall, and said that disability was a devastating
reality that lurked in our community, waiting to strike.
CAF addresing the audience at the evening function
He further said that disability does not discriminate; one’s
social standing or financial means has no bearing on whether
one's child would be disabled or not. Children are maimed by
accidents, medical oversight, natural disasters, freak
accidents, and criminal activities. Family fun next to a
pool can turn into lifelong regret, with escalating costs
and severe challenges to human existence.
“When we come across disabled people, we have been taught to
be courteous and not to stare,” said Lt Gen Gagiano. The
Sinothando project aims to provide assistance to serving
members of the SAAF who face the challenges of caring for a
child with a disability. It provides financial assistance
for day care, assistive devices and unconventional therapy.
It also brings together parents to gain moral support from
CAF teeing up.
Many of these of types of therapy are not covered by medical
aid schemes. Often, special dietary needs and vitamin
supplements are also not provided through official medical
The project has almost doubled in size since its
establishment, and in the current economic situation the
need is growing on a daily basis. The project in 2006/7
donated R197 923 to fourteen families and also assisted with
the establishment of a DOD Braille media centre to the
amount of R45 650. In the 2007/8 financial year the project
donated R241 000 to eighteen families and also assisted with
the establishment of the Tape-aids for the Blind Centre in
Master of Ceremonies, Mr Andy Scott reading out the
This year the generous participation in last year’s Golf Day
enabled the SAAF to donate to the Sinothando families the
amount of R305 000. The main sponsor of this year’s event
was BAE Systems, who ensured through their generous support
that the fund-raising target was reached.
On the day, 36 teams teed off as a lonely Hawk aircraft flew
over at exactly at ten o’clock. With the great weather to
complement the game, it was certainly a spectacular event.
Mr Andy Scott, the Master of Ceremonies, did a fantastic job
in communicating with the audience.
Mr Johan van Vuuren from AMG handed over a golf set to Lt
Gen Gagiano as a contribution towards the development of
golf in the SAAF. The Chief also received a painting by
Daryll Legg, a foremost South African aviation artist, from
Mr Hakan Gustafsson from SAAB Gripen.
CAF receives a golf set
The floating trophy for the best team was awarded to the
Denel Corporate Team. The Denel PMP team was the
best-dressed team. Three items were auctioned: firstly, a
picture of a Hawk that was donated by BAE Systems; secondly,
a holiday package made possible by the SAAF Fund with 1Time
Airline tickets; and thirdly, transport provided by
Landrover Midrand. Lastly, Denel Aviation won the bid to be
the main sponsor for this event in 2010.
The floating trophy winners, the Denel