Cham­pions for Kids golf scores well

Vision (Canada) - - Collective/Community -

Jeff Crooke takes his time put­ting while his golf part­ner, Tre­vor Thomp­son waits. More than a hun­dred gol­fers teed off to help chil­dren in need in the Up­per Ca­na­da school dis­trict.

The 2016 Cham­pions for Kids Foun­da­tion Golf Tour­na­ment fi­ni­shed after 18 holes with $37,500 in do­na­tions, pledges, and en­try fees, to help swell the foun­da­tion’s cof­fers. The mo­ney will go to­wards foun­da­tion pro­grams to sup­port chil­dren of fa­mi­lies in need in the Up­per Ca­na­da Dis­trict School Board (UCDSB) re­gion, and al­so, when pos­sible, chil­dren who may at­tend schools in other dis­tricts.

This year’s an­nual fun­drai­ser tour­na­ment took place Ju­ly 6 at the eQui­nelle Golf Club in Kempt­ville. Be­sides the re­gis­tra­tion fees to play in the event, gol­fers al­so hel­ped raise the tour­na­ment pledge drive with bids on the silent auc­tion items du­ring the af­ter­tour­na­ment sup­per, along with sup­por­ting spon­sor­ships from va­rious area bu­si­nesses.

“We are ex­tre­me­ly plea­sed with the sup­port we re­cei­ved from players this year, as well as the ma­ny bu­si­nesses that gra­cious­ly sup­por­ted our event,” sta­ted Foun­da­tion Pre­sident Ca­role Du­four. “The mo­ney rai­sed will help us im­prove the child­hood ex­pe­rience for ma­ny youth in our area.

The UCDSB Cham­pions for Kids Foun­da­tion was for­med in 2008 to “dis­creet­ly help le­vel the playing field” for chil­dren and fa­mi­lies wi­thin the UCDSB re­gion. The main fo­cus of the foun­da­tion is to help chil­dren in need to take part in or­ga­ni­zed sports, arts and other com­mu­ni­ty pro­grams out­side of school hours. But the foun­da­tion will al­so consi­der ap­pli­ca­tions for as­sis­tance with mi­nor me­di­cal ex­penses like eye­glasses, pro­vi­ding gas cards to pa­rents who want to vi­sit with their chil­dren who may be in hos­pi­tals out­side of the UCDSB area, or hel­ping pa­rents to pro­vide pro­per warm win­ter clo­thing for their chil­dren. All aid ap­pro­vals are kept confi­den­tial.

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