Summer is the high season for golf. And so on Saturday, 23 July 2016, Dr. Auma Obama, too, ventured out onto the links at the Gut Thailing golf course near Munich. There, Auma Obama joined 90 VIP guests pitched and putted in competition with one another at the first I’m Living Immobilien Charity Golf Cup – with terrific results: at the auction following the tournament, the guests opened up their hearts and their wallets to raise an incredible 35,500 euros for a worthy cause.
The entire proceeds of the day went to the Sauti Kuu Foundation. The packages coming under the hammer at the auction included a vacation to Mauritius, a weekend in a Rolls-Royce complete with chauffeur, a designer evening gown and 2 VIP tickets to a Champions League match featuring FC Bayern München. Presenters at the auction were folk music stars Marianne and Michael, who admitted to being admirers of the Sauti Kuu founder: ‘We’ve known Auma Obama ever since she appeared as a guest on our TV show, “Liebesgrüße”, several years ago, and we admire her great commitment very much!’
The tournament began, however, with a minute of silence, which Auma Obama had requested in honour of the victims of the shooting rampage that had shaken Munich the evening before. ‘I arrived in Munich last night at 2:30 a.m., and I, too, was deeply affected by all of this’, she explained. ‘Golf is actually a cheerful thing, but something terrible has happened, so today we want to remember the people affected with a minute of silence,’ Obama said. ‘We must pay far more attention to our young people. And we have to ask ourselves why they no longer see prospects for the future in their lives.’
The money collected at the event will benefit the construction of the Sport, Resource & Vocational Training Centre in Alego (Kenya). For children and young people between the ages of 4 to 25, the Centre will offer sports opportunities, a computer room and a vocational training centre designed to help them find their own way and earn their own money.
And Auma Obama was delighted not only at the high amount of the donation: in spite of her late-night arrival and lack of experience playing golf, she played the entire round and delivered a very respectable 4th-place finish!