Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids is coming to Calgary

Calgary, AB – Canadian PGA golfer and Masters champion Mike Weir is bringing his charity tournament to Calgary this summer in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Registration is now open for the event, taking place June 22 at Silver Springs Golf & Country Club.

In 2007, The Mike Weir Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network set an ambitious goal to raise $10 million for Canadian pediatric healthcare. Since then, the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids has raised more than $4,788,000 to support innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment and groundbreaking pediatric research at children’s hospitals across the country. “I am excited to be bringing the 9th annual Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids to Calgary this June,” says Weir. “I am confident this great community will rally behind the kids who need the Alberta Children’s Hospital, so we are looking forward to a very memorable – and meaningful – day of golf.”

“We are thrilled that Calgary is the next host for this incredible tournament and that the families who are cared for at the Alberta Children’s Hospital will be supported by this amazing initiative,” says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Fred Mattersdorfer and Elizabeth Williams know first-hand how important that support is. Shortly after their son, Will, was born, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition that prevented him from swallowing and eating. The team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital performed surgeries, installed feeding tubes, and taught his parents how to manage his feeds at home. Today, Will eats everything on his plate and is a happy, healthy two-year-old with a real knack for sports. “I can’t imagine what our path would have been without the expertise and care of the NICU team and other specialty clinics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” says Williams. “The support from the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids will go a long way to make what is an already outstanding hospital even better for sick and injured children in our community and we are so very grateful.”

For sponsorship information or to register as a golfer in the tournament, visit www.childrenshospital.ab.ca/MikeWeir

Media contact:
Jody Schwartz
Manager, Communications
Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
P. (403) 955-8813
C. (403) 889-8669
E. jschwartz@achf.com

About the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation inspires our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family-centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment advanced medical training and internationally-recognized pediatric research.

About Mike Weir

Mike Weir emerged as one of the game’s brightest stars with his 2003 Masters victory after a dramatic playoff win over Len Mattiace. He came back to a hero’s welcome in Canada which included dropping the ceremonial face-off puck at a Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game, the perfect ‘Canadian-style’ celebration for the die-hard hockey fan. His breakthrough year on the PGA Tour earned him the 2003 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete of the year and his third Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s top male athlete of the year. Weir began using his success as a professional golfer as a platform for helping other families in need with the creation of The Mike Weir Foundation in 2004. Three years later, Mike launched a national fundraising program through his foundation called the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, supporting Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals in Canada.

On a national level, Weir’success and contributions through charitable work have been recognized with two Order of Canada inductions (2007, 2009). In 2009, Weir also became an inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Weir has enjoyed success in golf unmatched by any other Canadian but says there is still plenty of work to do since his goal is to be one of the best in the world.

About Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Established in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network raises funds to support critical research and education, purchase life-saving equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.