GOLFERS PLAY FOR CARDINAL OTUNGA FUNDS DRIVE TOURNAMENT
Over 200 golfers, participated in a golf tournament in aid of the Servant of God, Cardinal Otunga Beatification process, held at Muthaiga golf club on Friday, June 13, 2014. The Archbishop of Nairobi, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue led in the award giving ceremony.
The tournament was organized by the Cardinal Otunga Beatification Office with the aim of raising funds in the support of Cardinal Otunga beatification process. The golfers included 20 priests and other well wishers.
The main sponsor of the Golf Tournament was the First Assurance Company Ltd, while the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi hosted the grand tournament.
Speaking during the award giving ceremony, His Eminence, John Cardinal Njue thanked the event organizers. He urged more well-wishers to feel obliged to support the course, noting that Cardinal Otunga served all Kenyans that loved all people, irrespective of their religion, tribe and race.
In an interview before the tournament commenced, Father Peter Kaigua, a golfer himself and a co-opted member of the organizing committee of the tournament said the turnout of the golfers was very encouraging.
“It’s pleasing with the golfers are of diverse background. There are Catholics, non-Catholics, individuals and corporate institutions who have turned up for the tournament,” said Father Kaigua during the interview.
“This morning as I was preparing to play, I met with a Muslim golfer who after being briefed about the day’s Cardinal Otunga Golf tournament made his contribution to the fund.” he added, noting that Cardinal Otunga’s life touched people of diverse backgrounds. He hoped the Kenyans will sustain the momentum up to the end of the process, both in financially and in prayers. He was of the opinion that the beatification process should be publicized widely so that more people and companies can be involved.
Mr Stephen Githiga, the CEO for the First Assurance Company Ltd, thanked all those who took part in the tournament. He noted that the composition of the golfers showed that “Each one of us is committed to the success of this process.”
The dignitaries who attended the event included former Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi, former member of parliament and leader of Ford Kenya Musikari Kombo and Former University of Nairobi Chancellor Mr. Joseph Barrage Wanjui.
Golfers were registering with Kshs. 2,500. Willing participants would also add a contribution to the fund.
The beatification process started in 2009 by the Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue. The Diocesan Phase of the process is already complete and its Report sent to Rome. The Second Phase of the Process, also called the Roman Phase, is now in the process.
The Servant of God, Cardinal Otunga Served as the Bishop of Kisii and later as the Archbishop of Nairobi from 1973 to 1996.