Tournament organizers and main donors pose for a group photo

The Pertubuhan Ikatan Komuniti Selamat (Alliance for Safe Community) organized its inaugural charity golf event, titled the Ikatan Golf Challenge 2022, on January 25 at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.

Known popularly as Ikatan, the non-governmental organization (NGO) was established in January 2019 with the objective of enhancing public awareness and participation in health and safety. Since then, Ikatan has been continuously reaching out to communities by providing advice and support.

The charity event drew saw a full participation of 32 flights and succeeded in raising more than RM117,000, which after expenses will leave around RM70,000 to help support Ikatan's charitable and community programmes.

Amir Benno emerged as the inaugural champion with a Nett Stableford score of 39 points. Sallehhudin Mohamed Emran was runner-up on 38 points, edging third-placed Dato’ Edwin Khoo on countback.

Champion Amir Benno (centre)

“As an NGO aimed at promoting and raising public awareness of health and safety, Ikatan has been reaching out to the community by providing advice and support to Malaysians,” said tournament organizing chairman Datuk Dr Teh Tai Yong. “The funds will be utilized for charitable purposes and to advance the objectives of Ikatan, which are to communitize values of health and safety culture at all levels of society and to assist the community in resolving these issues"

Corporations that contributed to the event include the Sendok Group who sponsored a Pure Electric Van as a Hole-In-One prize, as well MyBrush, B&G Capital Resources, Citi Life Real Estate, WWRC Malaysia, EBARA Pumps Malaysia, Asia Roofing Industries, Fire Fighters and Top Glove who purchased flights.

“We are most grateful to the supporting sponsors, donors, and contributors for making this event so meaningful. Our big ‘thank you’ goes to Tropicana Golf & Country Resort for accommodating us with a very good deal. Our flights were all taken up within weeks and we have a full house of 32 flights,” said Elize Lee, Head of Publicity for Ikatan.

“We plan to embark a campaign called ‘One House, One Fire Extinguisher’ to educate the broader community on the importance of having a fire extinguisher at home. The idea is to equip, train and empower each home owner to be an effective first responder in a home fire incident,” she added.