Yukon golfers came together to help grant a wish last Saturday.
Despite some rainy conditions, 11 teams took part in the 2014 Meadow Lakes Charity Golf Tournament at Whitehorse’s Meadow Lakes Golf Resort.
The 18-hole, best-ball tourney raised approximately $10,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
“We’re very happy with 11 teams,” said Meadow Lakes general manager Johnny Enns. “The sponsors have been great, we’ve had 15 sponsors, and they’ve really come through. And with the rain like it is today, it’s great to have 11 teams.”
The tournament was first one held in the territory to benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
“Funds are being raised to grant a wish for a child in the Yukon,” said Hannah Smith, development coordinator for the foundation’s B.C. and Yukon chapter.
“We have a five-year period in which a child can take their wish. They could qualify right now and not take their wish until five years from now.
“There is a child that has been referred, her file is with our medical advisory team, so we’re hoping that she’ll qualify for a wish,” she added. “It’s in the very early stages right now, so I can’t speak too much to that.”
Gerry Desharanais, Kevin Desharanais, Lyle Armstrong and Larry Burton carded a 10-under 62 to win the tournament, pocketing club memberships for the 2015 season.
The Children’s Wish Foundation will also host its second annual Whitehorse Wishmaker Walk at Rotary Peace Park on September 20. Registration starts at 10 a.m.
Meadow Lakes has hosted an annual fundraiser tournament to benefit Special Olympics Yukon every summer since 2001.
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