Putting for charity
This year’s annual Alex SPPS Golf Day was the 10th of its kind, and an indication that local business is still adamant to fight crime.
For over a decade, the SPPS model (Support Partnership with Police Station) has been a way for local communities and businesses to support their police stations, which are historically short-funded.
The annual Alex SPPS Gold Day, which supports the Alexandra police station cluster of Bramley, Sandringham, Sandton and Midrand, is hosted by the station itself, the community policing forum and a business partner, which in this case is a joint effort between Cummins SA and MICROmega.
Held at the Modderfontein Golf Course for a number of years, the event has proved a great success, with local businesses joining forces with Cummins and MICROmega to make their community a safer place.
“It was our intention to raise R100 000 for the Alex[andra] police station through involving the business community,” says Paul Kable, general manager: automotive business, Cummins SA, and project manager of the event.
“And even though we missed our mark and raised R80 000, it’s still a huge boon for the Alex police station. The funds will be used to provide equipment, training and other facilities to the Alexandra Community Police Forum and the Alexandra SAPS and will be strictly controlled through an account by us and other members of this partnership,” he says.
“We continue to make good progress with most of the projects that were identified at inception of this partnership, and details regarding all expenditure are of course available to sponsors on request.”
After 10 years of dedicated support, it is heartwarming to see local businesses so intent on making a change.