Despite zero support from Mother Nature for the Hit a Ball for Health! Fun Golf Tournament, people who participated and raised money for the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF), couldn’t be discouraged. Neither could the host 108 Resort Golf Club.
The event was slated for midday June 16, but at the 2 p.m. tee-off time, weather conditions were anything but favourable, says M-J Cousins, SCHF of public relations and fundraising co-ordinator.
“There was a deluge of rain with thunder and lightning and the conditions were such that we just could not golf.”
The 51 registrants had paid $85 per couple or $55 per person to participate, with the money earmarked for the SCHF.
Noting so much good, hard work and kindness from the community had been put forward, 108 Resort golf pro Andy Wahnschaff says he couldn’t bear to see it go to waste.
People had come to golf in order to raise money for the SCHF, so at that point, he offered to give everyone a voucher for nine holes of golf, good until the end of the current season, and also gave a rain check for golf cart rentals that had been booked and paid for, so the registration fees could go to the intended destination.
People were happy with the alternate plan and they carried on indoors where charity and good will continued to be extended. Marvin Declare, Psalm 23 Transition Society president/executive director, had his name drawn as winner of the grand-prize barbecue, valued at $500, but immediately donated it back and challenged anyone to buy it for $500 and have the money go to SCHF. Phil Roux came forward and it was a done deal.
Declare says he understands what fundraising is all about because Psalm 23 is a charitable organization.
“It was just a blessing for us to be a part of it. The true gift was the person who stepped up and bought it.”
All of the other prizes were drawn for and given away as door prizes to the participants,
Cousins says, adding it was a wonderful day.
“I couldn’t believe how supportive the resort was and how understanding the golfers were. The weather was unfortunate, but at the same time, the spirit of the people of 100 Mile shone through.”
The event raised slightly more than $2,000 for the SCHF.