OTTAWA – September 12, 2017 – September 10 and 11 were two very exciting days at the Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick with Canadian golfer Mike Weir in town. The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids was held at the course in an effort to raise funds for CHEO’s most vulnerable patients. Last night at 8 p.m. the CHEO Foundation was presented with a cheque for $400,000 to purchase a neonatal transport incubator.
The event kicked off on Sunday morning with a junior tournament. Over 80 junior golfers had a great day of golf followed by a meet and greet with 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir.
On Monday Mike Weir hosted a golf clinic for participants in the adult tournament. It was a relaxed environment as he provided tips on warm ups, training and how he prepares for a big game.
Ron Jackson, President of Rideau View Golf Club was extremely proud of the efforts by volunteers, participants and staff at the club. “We were honoured to host The Mike Weir Golf Drive for Kids. To see how so many people came together for such an important cause is something I will remember forever. We are so grateful to all of the sponsors and to all who made a donation.”
The Mike Weir Foundation has a mission to be golf’s premiere fundraising initiative to support children’s health and to raise $10M for children’s hospitals across Canada. This tournament has helped Mike in his mission.
“The neonatal transport incubator is a vital piece of equipment needed to transfer CHEO’s tiniest patients,” said Kevin Keohane, CHEO Foundation President and CEO. “Each year over 500 babies are transferred to CHEO in one these units. Our equipment is getting old so the need to replace one is critical. On behalf of all the staff at CHEO I want to thank Mike Weir, our sponsors, participants and the Robinson Family for sharing their CHEO story.”
Matt and Dayna Robinson and their children were happy to lend their story to this worthy cause. Matt and Dayna welcomed their twin girls into the world on April 7, 2006 at only 28 weeks gestation. Kristina was born weighing just 2 lb 15 ounces while Kathryn weighed 1 lb 15 ounces. Of the twins, Kathryn needed urgent care at CHEO which included multiple intestinal and eye surgeries. After being diagnosed severely to profoundly deaf, Kathryn underwent two cochlear implant surgeries which now allow her to hear. Today, both girls are active and vivacious eleven year olds.
On Monday morning Mike Weir had the pleasure of touring CHEO and meeting the Robinson family. “As a father, I am thankful my children are healthy,” he said. “Being able to be a part of this tournament every year that gives back to children across Canada is very dear to me.”
This year marks the 11th annual Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for kids. The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals works to ensure that all children receive the very best care, benefit from world-class research and the latest in medical technology.
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