Champions for Kids golf scores well
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.