EDMONTON, Alta., March 26, 2013 – CN and Golf Canada announced Wednesday that the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation has been selected as the official beneficiary of the CN Miracle Match campaign to be held during the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship will take place from August 19-25, 2013, at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. Communities across Canada have hosted the CN Canadian Women’s Open for the past seven years, and 2013 marks the return of this tournament to Edmonton, a major city on CN’s network.
CN Miracle Match is a national charitable initiative that CN launched in 2006, which rallies communities across Canada behind a very worthy cause – supporting children’s hospitals. Funds raised through this year’s initiative in communities in the Capital Region and throughout Alberta will be given to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Each year since 2006, CN and Golf Canada have raised funds to support children’s hospitals by matching funds raised through initiatives connected with the CN Canadian Women’s Open. In the past seven years, the CN Miracle Match program has raised more than $8.2 million for children’s hospitals located in the cities across Canada that have hosted the Open.
In 2013, CN hopes to help raise $1.8 million for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, which would bring the cumulative total raised for children’s health care through the CN Miracle Match program to $10 million
“At CN, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate, and we are very proud that CN Miracle Match has been able to help children all across Canada since 2006,” said Claude Mongeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of CN.
“We are thrilled to come back to Edmonton, a city that is so important to our business. I am confident that the community will support the CN Canadian Womens’ Open, and that we will make a major donation to a great Alberta institution like the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “
CN will be partnering with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through its many programs including transportation to the Stollery Children’s Hospital to children living in Alberta’s remote communities.
“It is only through the generous support of community leaders like CN and Golf Canada that the Stollery Children’s Hospital can deliver the highest levels of care in pediatric medicine,” said Mike House, President and CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The Stollery Children’s Hospital has the second largest catchment area of any pediatric hospital in the world, serving the most critically injured and chronically ill children from some of the most isolated and far reaching corners of the country. We are so proud to be in partnership with CN and Golf Canada, and we are grateful that the funds raised through the CN Miracle Match program will make a significant and lasting difference towards ensuring a full range of excellence in care is accessible to patients and their families from across Canada.”
“Together with CN, Golf Canada believes it is very important that the CN Canadian Women’s Open leave a lasting legacy in our host communities while also providing our top Canadian athletes the opportunity to compete against the world’s best,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. “Edmonton has proven itself a world-class host for Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship with extremely passionate golf fans and we are thrilled that this year’s event can once again contribute to the Stollery Children’s Hospital and its important work.”