The 12th edition of the exciting RF Charity Golf Tournament was held on February 1. An endeavour that started more than a decade ago has since burgeoned into a promising annual charity
The then Office Bearers of the Richmond Fellowship Society (India), Bangalore Branch—Ramesh Venkateshwaran, V.S. Thyagarajan and Dr. S. Kalyanasundaram—all being golfers, thought about running a charity event to raise funds for the NGO. They approached the Office Bearers of Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) and requested for permission to conduct this event at the KGA golf course.
The idea was immediately set in to motion. What started as a small event gathered momentum and has now become one of the popular and most sought-after charity golf events, not only in KGA, but in Bengaluru too. Office Bearers and Committee Members of KGA over the years have whole-heartedly offered their support.
The number of participants has increased steadily and in the last two to three years, the tournament has reached the maximum permissible number of participants allowed by KGA leaving many disappointed as they do not get a slot to take part. This year’s edition saw 128 golfers participate. Firms such as Brand Comm, Rathore Associates and Diamond Display have been among the consistent supporters.
Proceeds raised go entirely for the benefit of patients and clients with severe mental illness. For the last 12 years, the trophies have been donated by a well-wisher who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Richmond Fellowship Society (India), Bangalore Branch is an NGO, a Registered Society under Societies’ Registration Act (1860) and a ‘Not-for-Profit’ organization providing care and psychosocial rehabilitation for persons with mental health needs in India since the year 1986. For little over 3 decades, the Richmond Fellowship has been providing quality rehabilitation services for those with severe and chronic mental illness.