Monday, February 14th, 2011
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.