Today I am writing what will be my final Fairways’ blog.
I am somewhat saddened writing this blog given that I have spent so much time in the past two and a half years striving to keep Fairways operational.
Jeremy White, Fairways’ trusty COO, was in the trenches with me editing, updating and channelling my energies as we worked hard to support underprivileged junior golfers globally.
We certainly would not have made it this far without the support of Louise Hayman and Diana Robertson on the Board of Directors and the ongoing financial sponsorship from The Simpson Family, golf bloggers Tony Dear and Mike Johnny, David Schultz from Realitee Golf, Amber Mackay and Diana Robertson.
A massive thank you also to Brett Regier and Dez Worm from Suncor and Patrik Ondrisik from Patriks Water Hauling and all the boys out west who sponsored Dave and I in our Dawn2Dusk Golf Challenge this year, enabling us to support the Canadian juniors for another season.
I would like to thank everyone throughout the last couple of years who helped us keep a fairway under the feet of our juniors.
For three seasons we have been able to support underprivileged junior golfers in Canada, India, Nepal
In addition to paying for membership and lesson packages, due to the support we received we were able to send three care packages to Bolivia – 9 sets of used golf clubs donated by Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary and used range balls from PEI’s Finest Golf. Snell Golf supplied a few dozen new balls and we had clothing, tees, shoes, hats, and wet weather gear donated by Canadian golfers that are now proudly worn and used by the children in Bolivia.
I know that Edwin in Bolivia will continue to run his program supporting many troubled children not just by teaching them golf, but the life lessons attributed to the sport. Sachin in Nepal, shares his passion for golf with dozens of underprivileged children and orphans teaching them the fundamentals while also ensuring they have access to learn the game they love. Indrajit in India already had an amazing program in place for underprivileged junior golfers, which will all continue on without us.
I can only hope that the Canadian juniors will find a way to continue playing the game they love.
Thank you to all the golfers at Settler’s Ghost Golf Course in Ontario and the participants on #Golfchat who supported our cause by sharing our story and to all those who joined us in the Dawn2Dusk Golf Challenge raising funds to support our cause.
I am sorry that we can no longer continue funding the shortfall in operational costs however I look back and smile knowing that we helped give the gift of golf to children who couldn’t play purely for financial reasons.
I gave it all I had but it is time to admit defeat and hang up my Fairways hat.