You Can Make a Difference

Making a difference in someone’s life as easy as smiling or saying hello! Sometimes, it only takes a second change someone’s world.  Just listening or offering a helping hand might be enough to make a difference in someone’s life.  Any small positive token of acceptance can occur anywhere; even on the golf course.  Golfers have a long history of helping others.  There are many golf charities that raise money for the military, the homeless, cancer research, under privileged kids, and many more.  It is the selfless people who give up their time that have a lasting impact on their 3-foot space.

Golf is a great way to give back. Led by the PGA Tour, a great example is set for the average person who wants to be involved….wait, the regular folk already help by giving up their time. “Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit organizations designed to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to charity. Community beneficiaries include a wide variety of organizations including hospitals, youth development organizations, growth-of-the-game programs and food banks.” (PGA Tour Charities) To all those faithful, behind-the-scene volunteers, I want to say thank you for making a difference.

On an unrelated note, but in the spirit of Christmas and giving, I wanted to bring your attention to a young  Winnipeg artist whose video went viral back in 2011. Sean Quigley isn’t just a musician but is very involved in charity and social justice movements. When “little Drummer Boy” and its music video where released, CD’s were sold under one condition, “All the money has to go to charity” said Quigley. In collaboration with a local radio station, CD’s where pressed and sold out in a matter of hours. Their agreement was honoured and every penny made from CD sales went to an organization whose goal is to end homelessness and poverty in Quigley’s hometown of Winnipeg.  Enjoy the video!

Golfing for Charities

Each year I try to play in two or three charity tournaments because I believe that it is a great way to combine two important parts of my life. I love playing golf and I think that I should ‘pay it forward’ by supporting charities throughout the year.

Recently while visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, my darling wife and I took a walk on the Halifax harbour front. It is a walk we thoroughly enjoy and make a point of trekking along the water every time we visit Halifax. During this jaunt, I spied some sort of golf pavilion and was drawn to it like a bug to light!

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IWK Charity Golf Event. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

As I made a b-line towards the pavilion, two nice young ladies asked if I was interested in supporting a worthy cause for a chance to win a golf trip to the 2016 Canadian Open! Without hesitation, I started reaching for my wallet.

Charity PhotoThe H2O Golf fundraiser directly supports the IWK in Halifax. The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region’s leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. Last year, there were 292,365 patient visits made to the IWK, which included 243,424 ambulatory (outpatient) clinic visits, 27,055 emergency room visits, 6,051 day surgery visits and 15,835 inpatient visits. The IWK is global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. (See more)

In 1996 the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children and the adjacent Grace Maternity Hospital merged to become the IWK Grace Hospital for Women, Children and Families. At that time a new “Link” building was constructed to join the separate buildings. Having lived in Nova Scotia for 4 years, I understand the importance of this facility and happy to give!

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Hitting to a floating green is harder than it looks.

The rules were pretty simple and the cost to play was $10. After handing over my donation, I was given one entry into the draw for the golf trip. Additionally, I was given three golf balls to hit on to a floating green. For every ball that stayed on the green, I was give an extra entry into the draw.

The centre of the green was 50 yards away the hitting mat. The only two club options were a 60 and 64 degree wedge. 50 yards is a stretch for me with a 60 degree wedge, but what heck it was for charity!

Taking my time to set up, I ended up laughing at myself as I smoothly sculled my first shot over the back of the green. It was not pretty, but it did give me an idea of the hardness of the mats and where to set up for my next two shots. Feeling confident, I effortlessly came up short with the next two shots! Both landed about 10 yards short, which is a normal shot for me with a 60 degree wedge. So as a result, no extra entries for the golf trip draw.

Supporting charities are very important. I believe that those of us who are fortunate should lead the way with random acts of kindness, positive intentions, and, if possible, financial donations. In this case, the H2O golf challenge for the IWK was a perfect opportunity to for me to make a donation to a worth cause and to have some fun playing golf!

On a side note, I want to thank the partners for the H2O Golf challenge. I am not affiliated with this charity or the partners in any way, but I think they deserve a mention. Without civic-minded community business leaders, many of the services we take for granted would not be as accessible. Thank you to:

Golf is a great way to support charities. I seek opportunities every year to give something back to the community and charity tournaments or events is a great way to give!

I am a grateful golfer!

 

 

National Golf Day

Today is National Golf Day! Who knew! Well, it is National Golf Day in the US. It is all about how the golf industry affects the US economy and it is not a far stretch to see how the golf industry effects all economies.

Supported by Jack Nicklaus, how could National Golf Day not be a success!

Interestingly, We Are Golf spearheads the initiative and today is the seventh year in a row that the golf industry lobbied the US Congress. What a great idea! In case you wonder what kind of impact the US golf industry has……

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Yes, that is BILLION! National Golf Day is also about charities. We Are Golf tells us that “Golf is a key driver of charitable giving in the U.S – $3.9 billion a year to be exact. Philanthropic contributions, including those from professional tournaments, are a huge part of the industry, with the majority of funds going to causes outside of the sport. Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, environmental and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally.

According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Golf Foundation, golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated:

  • 12,000 golf facilities (75 percent of U.S. total)
  • 143,000 events
  • 12 million participants
  • $26,300 average per function”

I for one did not realize it was National Golf Day! For all my friends in the US, I hope you hit the links today!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Making A Difference In Someone’s Life

Making a difference in someone’s life as easy as smiling and saying hello! Sometimes, it only  takes a second change someone’s world.  Just listening or offering a helping hand may be enough to make a difference.  Any small positive token of acceptance can occur anywhere; even on the golf course.  Golfers have a long history of helping others.  There are many golf charities that raise money for the military, the homeless, cancer research, under privileged kids, and many more.  All are important and provide support to those who may need it most.

Each year I try to play in charity golf tournaments or events to promote worth causes. It is a great way to give, play golf and support many charities.  Last year, I participated in the True Patriot Love Foundation event in North Bay, Ontario and in the 8 Wing Commander’s Golf Tournament in support of the local United Way Charity.

Next year, I plan on helping organize some events because giving your time is as important was a financial donation.  I believe it is important that everyone gives back and if we can do it through golf charities, then why not!  The PGA leads by example by giving back all year; Together, anything’s possible.

On an unrelated note, but in the spirit of Christmas and giving, I wanted to bring your attention to a young 17-year-old Winnipeg artist whose video went viral back in 2011. Sean Quigley isn’t just a musician but is very involved in charity and social justice movements. When “little Drummer Boy” and its music video where released, CD’s were sold under one condition, “All the money has to go to charity” said Quigley. In collaboration with a local radio station, CD’s where pressed and sold out in a matter of hours. Their agreement was honoured and every penny made from CD sales went to an organization whose goal is to end homelessness and poverty in Quigley’s hometown of Winnipeg.  Enjoy the video!

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!