“I was lucky enough to be born in this developed country, with everything I could ever need at my fingertips. It is devastating to think that this was not the case for my parents and is still not the case for millions of people on this planet.” Raeesa Mohamed, World Partnership Golf (WPG) Volunteer, Edmonton, AB.
Raeesa had the values of giving back instilled in her from an early age. Her parents’ experiences of living in East Africa, coming to Canada to start a new life, and their belief in supporting others less fortunate than themselves have fueled her desire to volunteer and help others throughout her life.
As a WPG volunteer, Raeesa has gained many news skills, ranging from developing a “knack for avoiding golf balls” — essential of course when working on a golf course — to gaining key communication, leadership and project management skills. However, what she has personally found most rewarding has been the opportunity to work and learn from such a professional and inspirational group of people.
“This event brings so many incredible, like-minded individuals together; whether it be players or volunteers, we all have such a great time throughout the day and create long-standing memories that leave us excited for the next tournament.”
Raeesa has also become a true advocate for Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and its development programs that the tournaments support. Raeesa explains, “changing the world may seem like an impossible feat at times, but this event is truly impacting lives. The funds raised go towards sustainable, long-lasting solutions that…ignite the spark of change.” With over $14 million raised nationally since 2000, WPG has really been able to make a difference.
Over the years, Raeesa has had many proud moments as a WPG volunteer, but her most memorable moment to date was volunteering alongside a sponsor this year, who was experiencing the tournament for her first time.
Raeesa recalls that the sponsor representative “was absolutely blown away by everything. Seeing how impressed she was with WPG was a memorable moment for me because it reminded me of how unique and incredible our tournament really is. The feeling of making a global difference is truly unparalleled.”
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