The local Fountain Tire has managed to raise more than $76,000 in the last four years of their annual golf tournament.
The golf tournament raises funds for the Child Development Centre, a service close to their hearts.
“Our daughter has special needs and we believe in helping children become the best they can be,” Shelagh Edye of Fountain Tire in Quesnel said.
“Most of our staff and customers either know someone who has benefitted from the Child Development Centre or has used the programs the Child Development Center offers for their own children.”
During the last four years, Fountain Tire has held the golf tournament as a customer appreciation event, seeing between 130 and 140 golfers take part every year.
“We go out and have a good time,” Edye said.
“At the end of the day, every golfer gets a prize and we auction items off to raise money to help the CDC provide programs in our community.”
The golf tournament has evolved throughout the last four years to make the fundraising more efficient and to help raise more money for the CDC.
“The first year, we started by having a silent auction for the carts to raise money,” Edye explained.
“We had a few prizes left over so we auctioned them off to make a few extra bucks for the CDC.”
The next year, they received big auction items, including Canucks tickets and lawnmowers.
“It’s progressed to include playhouses, barbecues, cattle feeders and lots more,” Edye said.
“Our customers have been outstanding in providing their support over the last four years in raising these funds because without our customers, an event like this would not be possible.”
Edye and her husband have been able to run a successful gold tournament because of the help of their loyal customers.
“The major contributors we would like to thank are all our valued customers,” Edye said.
“Fred Blocksidge has donated his time in building the playhouses which have been auctioned off.
“Local businesses have donated materials for the playhouses.
“These include West Fraser Mills, Dunkley Lumber, C & C Wood Products, Crystal Glass, Schiller Floors, Eagle Building Supplies and O’Flynn Roofing.”
Although Fountain Tire doesn’t set a goal for their fundraising, they’ve been able to keep building on their previous years’ funds raised.
“The first year, we raised $7,865, the second year, we raised $12,466, the third year, we raised $24,245 and the fourth year, we raised $31,650.”
Edye hopes to have another successful tournament and raise even more money for the CDC.