• 27 MAR 2017

Prime Minister Rowley Launches 2017 Charity Golf Classic

Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley and his wife, Sharon Rowley are pictured here with the new board of the Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic.

Prime Minister,  Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, launched the 2017 edition of The Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic (PMCGC) on Saturday March 25 at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St. Ann’s.

The tournament will be held on Saturday May 6 at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort Tobago, where 72 teams are expected to participate.

First launched in 1996, the PMCGC has since donated just under $6 million to various children’s homes, NGOs and individuals.

Beneficiaries include the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, the Autistic Society, the Tobago AIDS Society and the Haiti Relief Fund.

During his address at the event, Prime Minister Rowley thanked the board and management of the charity for their commitment to working for the benefit of others.

He said, “I am proud and pleased to be associated with this effort, we owe those who manage this charity a debt of gratitude.”

Dr. Rowley encouraged sponsors and donors to continue supporting the event.

The Prime Minister said, “Things aren’t at its best economically but that is the time that brings out the best in those with good hearts.”

This year the organisation is seeking to raise $500,000 which will be used for a number of causes, including assisting several charities in Tobago.

Themed “Golfing for CP Mobility” the event will highlight the needs of those who are affected by cerebral palsy.

The charity has a long history of support for this cause and was instrumental in helping to establish the Cerebral Palsy Society 15 years ago. It has, for many years, provided financial assistance for children seeking treatment abroad.

PMCGC has also hosted several workshops facilitated by Miami-based, cerebral palsy specialist, Dr. Martin Carillo, who shared valuable advice and training for caregivers.

In his last visit in January he attended to over 80 children, fitting them with splints, braces, orthopaedic shoes and wheelchairs provided by PMCGC.