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Five figures raised for camp charity through golf tournament

June 22, 2016   ·   0 Comments

A sold-out crowd of friends and family took part in the Charity Golf Challenge at Kettle Creek Golf Club, raising over $10,000 for Easter Seals camps.

By Jake Courtepatte
A sell-out crowd of 72 golfers hit the links at Kettle Creek Golf Club for the Charity Golf Challenge, raising the most money yet in its three year history to send kids with disabilities to camp.
The Charity Golf Challenge, run by King resident Brent Morning, raised over $10,000 for the Friends of We Care foundation. As a close friend of We Care executive director Kevin Collins, Morning has been a part of the Easter Seals program for a long time.
“I went to Easter Seals camp one time up in Blue Mountain in Collingwood,” recalls Morning. “I had a great experience there, I missed my family, but I can still remember the great experiences I had at the camp. I remember it as if it was yesterday.”
“It’s important to me to give back and support children so they can get the same opportunity that I had.”
According to Morning, it costs approximately $250 per day to provide special facilities to each child at the Easter Seals camps, and since 1983, Friends of We Care has provided enough for over 78,000 days of camp for kids with disabilities across Canada.
Collins says the organization “relies heavily on the dedication, hard work and support of the friends and family of Brent Morning.”
“It is through his efforts of raising over $10,000 that we are able to provide the funding for another 40 days at summer camp this year for some very deserving children,” said Collins. “Brent has benefitted from attending Easter Seals summer camps and understands the importance of paying it forward and giving back.”
He says the vision of the organization is to “provide the opportunity for every Canadian child with a disability to achieve with their abilities … not their disabilities by attending a camping program.”
Since the inaugural tournament in 2014, the amount raised has risen dramatically each year: Morning and his team doubled their 2014 total in 2015 to over $7,000, and hit the five-figure mark for the first time this year.
He credits the amount of awareness surrounding the tournament to the increasing success, and is hoping to continue that pattern into 2017.
“It’s getting better from an organizational standpoint, and it’s becoming a known event now. We also had some great auction items: a couple of Leafs tickets, as well as a lucky winner getting to go to the Leafs alumni lunch with former Leaf Wes Jarvis. Having a quality auction helps any event.”
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s our view with it and we’re hoping to do the same thing next year.”
Morning would like to thank the many volunteers and over 60 sponsors who contributed to the annual event.
“Events like this just don’t happen without them.”
For more information regarding Friends of We Care, please visit our web site at www.friendsofwecare.org.

         

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