The last weekend of the month promises fun for a cause if the weather remembers it’s July.
Saturday, July 28 the Quesnel Golf Course is hosting the Ninth Annual Golf for Wegener’s tournament to raise funds to combat the titular disease.
With its main purpose raising money, the tournament is focused less on competition than on making it enjoyable for everyone so everyone can participate.
“It’s a fun tournament,” Ken Reid, owner and operator of the golf course, said.
“There’s a lot of people on the golf course every year that are not golfers for sure.”
In that vein, the organizers do their best to downplay the competition by reaching out to the community in order to get all sorts of prizes. These prizes are not for the great few that have somehow managed the near-magical feat of getting the little, white ball in the little hole instead they try to get prizes for everyone who comes. It’s an event after all, not a competition.
After the game, a dinner, or a social gathering as Reid calls it, is held for the participants at the course.
Green fees are set at $75 for the non-tournamnet with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the National Vasculitis Foundation. Being an owner of the club, Reid is able to send a larger part of the proceeds to the foundation. A fact with which he is pleased.
“We’re very fortunate to own the golf club, otherwise we would probably have to remit green fees,” Reid said.
Because, for Reid, the fight is a personal one.
“When Steve MacDonald died, our daughter had picked up the disease. It’s very rare and not very many people know about it,” he said.
He said this causes a lot of misdiagnosises, something they hope to combat by bringing more attention to the disease.
Over the years, the fundraiser has been very successful, with around $16,000 raised last year and more than $125,000 raised over the life of the event.
Reid hopes to see the success continue.
“We hope to raise another $15,000 or $20,000 if we can,” he said.
Both people suffering from the disease and members of the Vasculitis Foundation of Canada will be on hand at the event.
Wegener’s Disease is an incurable form of vasculitis, an inflammation of blood vessels, that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys and other organs.
For more information go to http://www.vasculitis.ca/.
Call the Quesnel Golf Course, (250) 992-3950, to secure your spot.