Mike Weir is coming to Ottawa to help the kids at CHEO

OTTAWA – April 20, 2017 – Today, members of the Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick hosted a launch event to announce that The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids will be held at the Rideau View Golf Club on September 10 and 11, 2017. Emceed by CTV sportscaster Terry Marcotte, there was a lot of excitement in the room as Mike Weir joined in via Skype. 

Ron Jackson, President of Rideau View Golf Club was extremely proud to announce details of the event that will include a much anticipated golf clinic with Mike Weir. “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,” said Mr. Jackson. “Each year the Foundation and Mike Weir in particular, give of their time and energy to ensure that children receive the best care and benefit from world-class research and facilities. Their support of CHEO in 2017 will make a huge difference.”

The partnership between the Club, The Mike Weir Foundation and the CHEO Foundation is something Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation is very excited about. He addressed Mike today saying, “You are going to be helping to create, for so many families in our region, that moment of ‘everything is going to be okay’ and for that we are so grateful.”

Specifically, the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids will raise critical funds to purchase a neonatal transport incubator for CHEO. The incubator is an infant and pediatric transport system necessary for CHEO’s expert Neonatal Transport Team and paramedics to ensure complete life support when the most fragile patients are in transit. 

Allison Franceschina, Manager of CHEO’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit explained the importance of this vital piece of equipment. “The unit provides a closed, controlled environment that warms an infant by circulating heated air over the skin. The heat is then absorbed by the infant’s body providing consistent warmth for the duration of their trip to CHEO.” The cost of one unit is $400,000 making the fundraising efforts extremely important leading up to this fall event. 

Mike Weir is very passionate about giving back to Canadian pediatric hospitals. “This is the 11th year of a partnership that began when Children’s Miracle Network and The Mike Weir Foundation joined forces,” said Mike Weir. “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. All this, and so much more, happens every day at CHEO and I’m happy to be able to help.” 

With a junior tournament as part of the event in September, junior golfers attended the launch with a range of questions for Mike in a fun one-on-one. Questions covered everything from who inspired him to play (his father), his favourite course to play on (his home club, Huron Oaks) and has he ever cried on the course (admittedly teary when he won the Masters). Most importantly he was asked why he wanted to help kids to which he replied, “I see what families go through, and what the kids go through. There are struggles on different levels: emotional and financial. I’ve had some success and I want to give back.”

Rideau View Golf Club is thrilled to host this event as the Director of Instruction, Matt Robinson, has a CHEO connection. Matt and his wife Dayna’s twin daughters were born 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. These girls had to fight to thrive and both have done so, with flying colours! When Dayna saw the transport incubator displayed at the event she was emotional. “Honestly it’s really difficult for me,” said Dayna. “Kathryn and Kristina were born really early and really small. Kathryn had to be transported in one of these units. It really does hit home for me. We were quite scared for quite a while but looking at them now it really is a miracle and we’re always happy to give back to CHEO.”

In order to achieve the fundraising goal, organizers are reaching out to local companies. Special thanks go to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Scotia Wealth Management, Urbandale, The Brick and District Realty. Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities is asked to contact Vaia Dimas of the CHEO Foundation at vdimas@cheofoundation.com.  

For more information contact:
Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation  lhanes@cheofoundation.com
(613) 737-2784