Despite the ongoing harsh economic times, DZ Golf has continued its commitment to help raise funds for autism across the border in Namibia.
‘It’s funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it?’ says Dan Zwiebel, former GM of Omeya Golf Club and founder of DZ Golf.
After a technological error informed him of the closure of another high-profile charity fundraising series, Zwiebel quickly took up the mantle and moved to ensure that those in need would continue to receive the attention they needs.
First up was pitching his idea of a coordinated, professional series of golf days across the country as opposed to the run of the mill Saturday competitions which came with little oversight. What was needed was a sponsor to show their interest and almost immediately Nedbank Namibia expressed their interest and the ‘Nedbank for Autism Series’ was born.
Zwiebel then allowed Nedbank Namibia the freedom to choose the 10 golf courses around Namibia that would host the qualifying events. A win-win as the banking institution were exposed to the golfing market in the country and fundraising efforts for autism would reach new frontiers.
‘Without sponsors, our efforts to raise even more funds for autism in the country would be futile,’ says Zwiebel.
‘I have been humbled to see not only how Nedbank Namibia have come on board but many others. It feels like a team effort and it’s great to see some progress already.
‘Our sponsors get to meet new clients, showcase their products around the whole country but the real crux of the matter is that every prize giving and auction offers the chance to change lives.’
Zwiebel has had his fair share of obstacles with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing a number of fixture changes but supporters and golfers around the country have not lost their appetite with everyone pitching in to achieve the collective goal of raising awareness and funds for the Autism Association of Namibia (AAN).
Like in South Africa, the prize giving ends with an auction with some special items up for grabs including a stay at the Gondwana Collection Namibia lodge, limited edition handbags, Louis 57 wines, a signed Branden Grace Callaway cap and Rudy Project sunglasses.
100% of the proceeds go to AAN with attention now turning in part to the final to be played at Omeya Golf Club on the 28th of November.
At the final the 10 qualifying winners will be allocated three partners whom would have been selected by the sponsors. They will participate in two competitions on the day; an Individual Stableford and a Four Ball Alliance. One lucky recipient will win a 2021 Nedbank Golf Challenge Experience.