HARROGATE GOLF DAY
Andy Rose reported on another successful fundraiser for the Trust, the 7th Sterling CF Golf Day held at Rudding Park. Perfect weather, great enthusiasm and consummate skill resulted in around £2500 being raised for the Zambia Society Trust, this figure included a significant amount from the "Beat the Pro" competition with golfers generously donating their winnings back to us if they did beat the Pro. A wonderful day was had by all who attended.
BERKHAMSTED GOLF DAY
Thanks to Mark Sheldrake for reviving and organising the "Southern" Golf Day, fifteen teams lined up on 21st September to compete for the ZST Cup, 21 years after the event was founded by Frank McGovern. A truly Zambian atmosphere was created in the Clubhouse with Zambian tourism displays and three senior members of the High Commission on hand to help the proceedings along. An after lunch raffle and a lively auction together raised approximately £8000 and we are very grateful to the golfers and their friends for their support.
Around 55 members attended the AGM on 18th November at the Zambia High Commission, and after the formal proceedings and a buffet lunch, Mathias Mbewe provided members with an update and overview of our projects in Zambia. This was followed by two very interesting outside speakers: the Virtual Doctors is a unique service connecting remote health care workers in rural Zambia with a panel of volunteer medical specialists who give diagnosis and treatment advice on complex or unusual cases. Rural health centres are provided with a smartphone loaded with bespoke telemedicine software and the clinical officer uploads data to the cloud. A volunteer doctor in UK or Zambia reviews the file and recommends diagnostic and treatment advice within 24 hours. Huw Jones, who came to speak to us, came up with the concept and coverage is now in 29 rural health centres and 2 district hospitals. Martin Zuch then introduced Mama Buci which produces raw honey. So far they have over 70,000 beehives which will produce over 400 tonnes this year and their local workshop in Zambia is building over 150 beehives a day, 5 days a week. Mama Buci produce a summer and winter honey and Martin brought some samples for us to try which were delicious. His success has enabled him to go some way to achieving other goals for the Zambian communities by improving the lives and education for the local children. Once again we are very grateful to the High Commissioner for allowing us to use the High Commission for our AGM.