Manitoba golf tournament raises big bucks for sick children

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WINNIPEG, Man. – At the eighth annual Manitoba Truckers Going The Distance golf tournament, the province’s trucking community raised more than $30,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

The event was hosted by Beaver Truck Centre and as put on to raise funds for the charity that grants wishes to special children.

“This was a wildly successful event,” said Barry Searcy, president of Beaver Truck Centre. “We’ve been doing this for eight years now and this was one of our best years. We’ve committed all funds raised through the golf tournament to the Children’s Wish Foundation for the last two years and have raised approximately $55,000 on behalf of the kids.”

The event, which was sold out, saw 144 golfers from Manitoba’s trucking industry at Glendale Golf and Country Club.

“It’s a great cause,” said Marc Palud of XP3 Canada. “We are happy to support such an important organization and appreciate Beaver Trucks giving us the opportunity to be a part of this.”

Also attending the even was Cat Ross of the Children’s Wish Foundation.

“The Children’s Wish Foundation does not receive any government funding,” she said, “so community events like this are essentially the backbone of the organization. Not only do they raise money to help us deliver on the children’s wishes, they give us the opportunity to network with community members and raise awareness of a program that can have a dramatic effect on the healing of children who are seriously ill.”

It is estimated that between 55 and 65 children have their wishes granted through the charity every year. The average wish costs about $10,000 to fund.

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