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VETLAB RE-AFFIRMS THEIR COMMITMENT ON CADDIES WELFARE

Posted on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Vetlab Sports Club vice chairman Mary Maingi

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Vetlab Sports Club has re-affirmed their commitment over ensuring proper welfare for their caddies after claims appeared on www.kenyagolfguide.co.ke that a section of their caddies were not satisfied the help being offered.

According to Mary Maingi, the club’s Vice Chairman, they have been steadfast in ensuring a proper welfare for their caddies, especially during the tough Covid-19 pandemic that has affected all sport globally.

“We would like to assure Vetlab Sports Club membership, staff and clients that the club is committed to it’s values of integrity, professionalism as well as respect for all. Caddies form an integral part of our club’s fraternity and whom we consistently credit for making the game of golf more enjoyable,” she said.

Maingi added: “With everything that is changing around us in these challenging times, Vetlab Sports Club remains committed primarily to the welfare of the 250 registered caddies. Since the Kenyan government announcement of the Covid-19 outbreak, Vetlab Sports Club continues to support and follow all government directives to mitigate spread of the virus among Kenyans with safety of club members, staff (including caddies) and clients being a top priority.”

The club official said they were among the first institutions to proactively rally its members towards supporting vulnerable Kenyans within its ranks.

“In our characteristic Vetlabs friendly spirit, members rallied together and they continue to support this worthy cause to ensure our caddies maintain their way of life and currently have a caddy kitty in their support. Further, Vet Lab Sports Club is committed to ensuring funds are utilised judiciasly with utmost integrity and accountability as has been the case that all executions are guided by Vetlab corporate governance structures,” she said.

She added: “Lastly, the club would like to reiterate that we care for all our stakeholders. This means doing what’s best for our members, suppliers, staff and the community by considering them in everything we do, doing the right thing with no exceptions as well as delivering with passion and excellence. We are committed to supporting our caddies and will ensure support that is offered to them during this period, gets to all the intended persons.”

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CADDIES SEND SOS CALLS TO GOLF CLUB MEMBERS AMID HARSH ECONOMIC TIMES DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Posted on Thursday, 16th April 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

A local caddie carries a golf bag during a past Kenya Open Golf Championship.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

A section of local caddies have raised the red flag, slightly more than a week after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe ordered that all golf clubs stop them from accessing the clubs, to minimize the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

While a few clubs are taking care of their caddies during the current difficult situation that has literally paralyzed all sporting activities in the world, some clubs have abandoned them, forcing a section to raise an alarm, before things go out of hand.

It’s believed that Karen Country Club and Muthaiga Golf Club are some of the clubs that are taking care of the caddies since the pandemic began.

“Karen have been giving each of their caddies shopping vouchers worth Sh2, 000 every Friday to sustain them, while Muthaiga Golf Club through their members, donated food stuffs to their caddies that could sustain them for close to two months as they weigh the situation of the current pandemic,” a senior caddy who sought anonymity told Kenya Golf Guide on phone.

He added: “Have not totally locked out their caddies, at least they have allowed their members to call their preferred caddies whenever they want to have a round of golf, Vet Lab members are also understood to have introduced a kitty to look into the welfare of their caddies, totaling to about 176.”

And last week, former legislator Peter Kenneth came in handy as he gave a personal donation to the Vet Lab caddies that saw them go home with assorted food staffs.

The concern spreads to all the golf clubs countrywide, whose caddies depend on the sport as their only source of living.

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