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WALKERTON – As of press time, the total raised at this year’s Golf Fore Hospice event on June 22 stood at a remarkable $117,808.
This is the third year for the event, and the second time it has been held under COVID-19 public health restrictions, meaning all activities connected with the fundraiser were held outdoors or online.
The first year, 2019, Joe Rys and team took a winning formula developed for another worthy cause and applied it to an event aimed at getting hospice care close to home for residents of the southern part of Grey-Bruce. That year, $55,000 was raised. Last year, the total climbed to $88,083.
Nancy Baillie, chair of this year’s Golf Fore Hospice, said, “It was a wonderful day, thanks to the efforts of the Golf Fore Hospice committee, volunteers, golfers and donors/sponsors. The community support was outstanding.”
She said she was amazed by the way the community came together for the cause of hospice care, remarking on the sponsorships and donations. She said it “wasn’t unusual” for golfers to come in with $4,000 or $5,000 in pledges. Business representatives and community members stopped by to watch the golfers, greet friends, and drop off substantial cheques.
Baillie commented on how hard the Golf Fore Hospice committee works. It’s a small committee of only nine members.
“Everyone does their job so well,” she said, making special mention of Barb Young for her work on the online auction.
In the days leading up to the June 22, committee members brought in friends, relatives and neighbours to help out. There was a huge number of volunteers involved this year.
Even the weather co-operated. After a stormy Monday, organizers were nervous, but on Tuesday, early bird golfers and volunteers were treated to a magnificent rainbow that filled the sky over the Walkerton golf course. The rest of the day was mostly sunny and pleasantly cool – perfect golfing weather. The Walkerton Golf and Curling Club course was in tip-top condition.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times