On four days this season, golfers in the Kitchener-Waterloo region will get the chance to support the Grand River Hospital while playing the sport they love.
On July 29, GolfNorth launched Golf Fore Grand River Hospital, a fundraising campaign that will see $2 from every green fee and cart rental at each of the company’s nine golf courses go towards the GRH Foundation. The campaign takes place on August 25, September 23 and October 21 at courses across the region, including the Conestoga Country Club.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the hospital, not just for revenue generating, but also for the awareness of the Grand River Hospital,” GRH Foundation chair Ron Caudle said. “The thing that strikes me is the enormity of this partnership, with nine golf courses in the area. It really gives us a great cross section of our community and the opportunity to let the people know what we are doing and what equipment we are helping to buy.”
The money raised will be used to support areas of the hospital with urgent demands.
“The (greatest) needs are in the cancer and the medical imaging part of the hospital,” Caudle explained. “But also we have what is called the Foundation’s Greatest Need Fund, and what that is is stuff that the hospital needs almost immediately to enhance patient care. Some of the things that we do with that are like they might need a defibrillator if something breaks down, or wheelchairs, or special needs for mental health therapy.”
Mike Garside, the chief operating officer of GolfNorth properties, said the program is a way for the company to maintain a relationship with GRH, since a previous campaign related to the LPGA event at the Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo came to an end this year.
“Three years ago we got involved with the Grand River Hospital in an event that was apart of the LPGA event that we had at Grey Silo,” Garside said. “Now that the tournament is moving on this was a perfect program for us to keep moving forward with our relationship with the hospital.”
He added, “We are obviously a huge part of the golf industry in the community and we felt like this was a good way to give back to the community and create some awareness for the hospital.”
Caudle agreed, noting, “It’s not just a single golf course doing a fundraiser, which are all very important, because we have a lot of people that host golf tournaments to support different areas of the hospital on an ongoing, annual basis, and I can’t tell you how important that is to have, whether it’s $100 or $10,000 that these golf tournaments raise every year on an ongoing basis to go towards a specific part of the hospital. To create a partnership with nine golf courses in the community on a day every month, it’s mind boggling how important that is to us to get awareness out there in the community and to partner with a local company like GolfNorth is unbelievable. We are so thankful at the foundation for partnerships like this with businesses in the community.”