The Goscor group of companies has a special philosophy when it comes to its annual golf days. “They must be of value to organisations which do good work while offering our team and our customers and suppliers the chance to network in a friendly atmosphere,” says group marketing communications manager Debby Marx.
Goscor’s clarity on the purpose of their annual golf day has been the foundation for the event’s success over the years – the R140 000 they raised at the recently-held 2016 golf day at the Johannesburg Country Club brought to more than R500 000 that Goscor has raised for various charities through their events over the last few years.
This year’s beneficiary, the Science Engineering Technology and Health (SETH) Academy, is an interesting organisation. With its aim being to alleviate the shortage in South Africa in high-level human resources and scarce skills, the SETH Academy represents the collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering at North West University, industry collaborators, and the Department of Basic Education (DoBE) via partner focus-schools in Potchefstroom. These focus-schools offer the full DoBE curriculum in mathematics, science and other applicable subjects such as accounting, programming, life science and technical subjects.
“We are always looking for technicians who are of a high calibre and the SETH Academy is an institution which focuses on the advance of technical education. In this way, our involvement with them is a potential win-win,” says Marx.
She adds that apart the R140 000 raised for the SETH Academy, Goscor also collected toys from all golfers, who were incredibly generous. “We battled to get all the toys into a caddy there were so many! They will be delivered to a childrens’ home in time for Christmas.”
A spokesman for the SETH Academy said the organisation was very grateful for Goscor’s generosity. “Education is the basis for the liberation of the disadvantaged and every cent we collect is valuable and treasured,” he said.
The company has already earmarked its charity for 2017 and will start their fund raising early in the new year.