Play golf and change lives. That’s what Swing for Success is all about. Quinte Children’s Homes (QCH) is a proud supporter of the annual charity golf tournament, which takes place this year on Thursday, September 12th at Loyalist Country Club.
Besides being a lot of fun for participants, the event supports education bursaries for youth in care through Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (FACSFLA).
“The Southeastern Telecommunications Swing for Success golf tournament raises much-needed funds to support our youth in care as they prepare to attend college, university or skilled trades training,” says FACSFLA fundraiser Laura-Lee Hogan. “The bursaries ease some of the financial burden so they are able to pursue their educational dreams.”
Whatever your golf score, it’s a win-win situation for participants. “Aside from a great day of golf at the beautiful Loyalist Country Club in Bath, our golfers can be assured that they are supporting youth who may not otherwise be able to attend college or university,” Hogan says.
“Participating in Swing for Success helps support a program that can launch a life,” says Stevenson, Waplak & Associates Executive Director Terry Stevenson. “Research is very clear on the cycle of poverty and education. Poor educational outcomes lead to increased poverty, and poverty and a lack of support lead to poor educational outcomes. This program serves to interfere in that cycle by providing financial support. It aids students in reaching their educational goals and leads to opportunities for a better life.”
Just ask Tabetha, who, along with Stevenson, is featured in the Swing for Success promotional video. In care for over seven years, Tabetha is looking forward to attending Algonquin College and becoming a museum curator. It’s because of kids like Tabetha that QCH has been participating in and sponsoring Swing for Success for the past five years.
This year, QCH is supporting the tournament with a “Birdie” sponsorship. “Of course, we’ll also be putting in a team with hopes of shooting some low numbers,” says Stevenson, who is a big fan of golf. “I love the challenge of shot-making and the ever-shifting conditions of the game. Golf has just enough walk to make it a good game and just enough game to make it a good walk,” he adds.
Stevenson says he hopes more sponsors and participants will come out and support this worthwhile endeavour. You can find out more about sponsorship opportunities here. “Every dollar our sponsors provide helps youth achieve their educational goals,” says Hogan.
Register your foursome today. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a power cart, buffet-style dinner, auction and prizes. Contests include beat the pro, putting competition, skins competition, $10,000 hole in one, early bird draw and more.
Visit the Swing for Success website for more information.