Tournament to support Research & Learning Tower at SickKids
TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - SickKids Foundation and The Mike Weir Foundation
today announced The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, presented by
Thomson Reuters, will be held in Toronto this spring with proceeds
supporting the Research & Learning Tower Campaign at The Hospital for
Sick Children (SickKids).
TSN and CTV sportscaster Rod Black and 11-year-old SickKids patient
ambassador Tobin Haas were joined by Mike Weir via Skype to make the
announcement at an event at the Hospital this morning.
The tournament will take place June 7, 2011, at Angus Glen Golf Club in
Markham and at the prestigious Goodwood golf course. To date, the
annual Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids has raised more than $2.5
million for paediatric health care across Canada.
"I am thrilled to be coming to Toronto this spring and help raise
additional funds for SickKids," says Mike Weir, professional golfer.
"Hosting the past four tournaments across Canada has been incredibly
rewarding and I look forward to the prospect of getting closer to our
$10-million goal to support children's health."
A special evening reception for VIP guests and sponsors will be held on
June 6 to kick-off the tournament. Nigel Hollidge, Vice President,
Business Development, Angus Glen Golf Club, shared his excitement about
the tournament coming to Angus Glen and the Goodwood course at the
announcement this morning.
"Hosting The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids is a great honour for
Angus Glen Golf Club," said Hollidge. "Participants will get a unique
opportunity to play on a beautifully maintained, challenging and
exciting golf course, while having an impact on the health of future
generations of aspiring golfers."
The Mike Weir Foundation works in support of Children's Miracle Network
to benefit paediatric hospitals across Canada. The Mike Weir Miracle
Golf Drive for Kids was most recently held in Winnipeg in June 2010 and
raised $625,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
"This event will have a tremendous impact on SickKids and we are so
grateful for that," says John Francis, SickKids Foundation Board
Chair-Elect. "The Mike Weir Foundation has created a unique fundraising
initiative and SickKids is fortunate to be the beneficiary in 2011 with
an important boost to the SickKids Research & Learning Tower campaign."
The SickKids Research & Learning Tower Campaign kicked off in May 2010
with a special groundbreaking ceremony. When complete, the Tower will
be a 21-storey, 750,000-square-foot hub for paediatric health research
and education in Toronto's Discovery District. The $400-million Tower
will bring together 2,000 scientists and staff from SickKids Research
Institute and is slated to be completed by 2013.
In addition to the tournament, SickKids is organizing a Kids Putt for
SickKids event preceding the tournament on June 4 at Ontario Place.
This is one way the community can help support the patients and
families who rely on SickKids. Children have the opportunity to play
mini golf, compete for prizes and fundraise for the chance to meet Mike
Weir. Individuals are invited to register now at www.sickkidsfoundation.com/page/kidsputt.
About The Mike Weir Foundation
The Mike Weir Foundation is dedicated to advancing the physical,
emotional and educational welfare of children in Canada. Since its
inception and through the support of our generous sponsors and donors
we are proud to report that more than $5 million has been raised for
children's wellness. Over the past five years, The Mike Weir Foundation
has provided more than $3 million in support of children's health care
and related causes as well as a wide variety of other children's
issues. Hundreds of local and national children's charities have
received support from The Mike Weir Foundation to assist their causes.
Beyond direct monetary contributions, the Foundation also helps
charities raise money through a Mike Weir memorabilia charitable giving
program which helps charities obtain auction items for fundraising
About Children's Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals,
14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money
where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the
community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since
1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $4 billion, most
of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and
training, purchase specialized equipment, and ensure excellence in
care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as
many children as possible. Learn more at ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca.
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About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation is the fundraising organization
for The Hospital for Sick Children - one of Canada's most
research-intensive hospitals and the largest centre dedicated to
improving children's health in the country. The Foundation's
fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and
well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve
Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for The Hospital for Sick
Children. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, SickKids
Foundation made an investment of $52.5 million in children's health
research, education and care. A direct result of community support,
this is one of the largest investments in paediatric health care and
one of the largest contributions to a hospital anywhere in Canada. In
addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the
Foundation has a mandate to support children's health on a national
basis. Through its National Grants Program, SickKids Foundation has
directed more than $75 million to paediatric researchers across Canada
over the past 38 years.
SOURCE SickKids Foundation
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