Unique Event Teaches Children to Pay It Forward

A Unique Golf Event Teaches Kids The Value of Paying It Forward (Photo: Metcalfe GC)
A Unique Golf Event Teaches Kids The Value of Paying It Forward (Photo: Metcalfe GC)
A Unique Golf Event Teaches Kids The Value of Paying It Forward (Photo: Metcalfe GC)

Empathy…generosity…selflessness – they are all admirable traits but not always ones that come naturally to people.  One Ottawa area event is using golf to raise awareness of these concepts, especially among young people.

“Kids Playing It Forward For Wishes” takes place July 26th at the Metcalfe Golf Club in the south end of Ottawa.  Thus fundraising event aims to teach children the concept of paying it forward in our community. Parents and their children enjoy a fun day of golf and activities – all while raising funds to grant another child’s wish.

Children participating gain a better understanding of how fortunate they are and learn how they can make a difference in the lives of other children. 

In the last seven years this event has raised $44,000 with a quarter of that coming from last year alone, the most successful  edition of the event to date.

In 2015 this event is going to the next level. Innovapost, who has previously partnered with Make-A-Wish on the Run/Walk For Wishes and Rope for Hope, has come on board as the presenting sponsor and will be setting up a Fun Day as part of the event with activities including rock climbing, slides, a bouncy castle, Little Ray’s Reptiles, music/entertainment, and more. A dedicated committee of 20 is actively selling hole signs and sponsorships with the goal of raising $40,000 in 2015. 

Kids Playing it forward for Wishes also receives support from  Flagstick.com, Club EG, Kids Play Golf, Metcalfe Golf Club, BOOM FM, and the funds raised are donated to Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.

While generating important dollars to support others, participants get to have a fun time as well. Parents and their children can choose from 3, 5, or 9 holes of golf or can opt to just enjoy the “Fun Day” activities on location throughout the day. A BBQ will be served towards the end of the event. Prizes and awards will be presented at the closing ceremonies.

Costs are: (Fun Day & BBQ Only – Adults $19 Kids $10), (3 Holes with cart, Fun Day & BBQ – Adults $29 Kids $15), (6 Holes with cart, Fun Day & BBQ – Adults $39 Kids $15), (9 Holes with cart, Fun Day & BBQ – Adults $49 Kids $15)

From each Adult entry $10 will be donated to Make-A-Wish while $5 from every children’s entry will be donated.

Visit www.metcalfegolf.com to get more information, register or sign on as a sponsor. 

Questions or comments may be directed to Marty Thompson marty.thompson@innovapost.com (613-270-6412)