BUTTERWORTH: It was "Mission Charity" for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which went on golf flight recently.
The airmen "flew to the support" of the KRTU Autism Charity Golf Tournament which was organised in aid of the Autistic Centre of Butterworth.
The competition was held at the Butterworth Royal Malaysian Air Force Recreation Club golf course in Teluk Air Tawar where about 90 golfers teed off.
The participants included armed forces, customs and police personnel, government department officials and businessmen.
The overwhelming response and support for the event was beyond the expectation of the organisers.
They had targeted to raise RM20,000 but ended up collecting more than RM40,000.
Organising chairman ASP Govindarajan Narayanasamy thanked RMAF Butterworth base commander Brig-Jen Mohd Shabre Hussein, adviser Lt-Kol Karupiah Arumugam, sponsors and players.
"With all your love and support for charity, this tournament has charted a milestone in caring for the autistic children," he said.
"The organising committee had targeted RM20,000, but all you great people have really humbled us in the name of charity by more than doubling the amount.
"Your generous contribution made this event a memorable one and the support has assisted the Butterworth Autistic Centre greatly.
"It was a really good day for all of us. We played golf, enjoyed good food the whole day, had great fun with friends and most importantly contributed to charity."
Shabre said it was the first time that KRTU hosted a golf tournament for charity.
He was delighted and proud that air force personnel were involved in organising the tournament.
The base commander, who is also the KRTU president, said the organising committee has made KRTU proud through the tournament, which is a way to unite members and non-members, while transforming it into a charity event to assist the children of the Autistic Centre of Butterworth, regardless of race or religion.
The event culminated in a gala charity dinner where Shabre presented a mock cheque to National Autism Society of Malaysia assistant general manager Osman Teh Abdullah who received it on behalf of the Butterworth Autistic Centre.