The Air Canada Foundation successfully raised over $765,000 during the ninth edition of its annual golf tournament. The tournament resumed after a one-year pause due to COVID-19.
The fundraising event will support charitable organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada.
Held at the Saint-RaphaÎl Golf Club earlier this week and following local COVID-19 protocols, the event welcomed approximately 250 guests.
Priscille LeBlanc, Chair of the Air Canada Foundation, said: “On behalf of all the children and families whose lives are touched by the Foundation, I extend a heartfelt thank you to Air Canada’s partners and friends who joined us today to support the Foundation’s activities.”
LeBlanc continued: “Their ongoing generosity is particularly heartwarming this year as the pandemic has made times more difficult than ever for many of the young Canadians we support. The funds raised at this event will go to children in need, some who otherwise would not get to eat breakfast every day and others who need to fly great distances for urgent medical care.”
One of the activities during the tournament allowed golfers to support three charities selected by the Air Canada Foundation.
Each participant was given a $50 certificate, which they could donate to either of the three charitable organizations during their round of play. Thanks to this initiative, The Terry Fox Foundation, La Tablee des Chefs and Canadian Red Cross received a total amount of $12,000.
Youngsters Maika and Zachary, representing charitable partners of the Air Canada Foundation, played an important role by manning the highly-coveted lemonade stand. Together, they raised approximately $16,375.
At the closing of the event, each guest received a meal box, courtesy of the Tablee des Chefs. Unused meal boxes were donated to the Old Brewery Mission.
The Air Canada Foundation was pleased to welcome TD as Presenting Partner of this year’s event.
In 2020 alone, the Air Canada Foundation granted over $2.4 million in financial and in-kind support to 100 Canadian registered charities and helped over 150 fundraising events and initiatives.
Further to its annual golf tournament, the Air Canada Foundation raises funds through a number of initiatives, including Every Bit Counts, an on-board collection program that facilitates the donation of currency of any denomination on Air Canada flights or through collection containers available at Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges.
Go to www.aircanada.com/foundation for more.