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Charity Golf Tournament raises thousands for cancer initiatives

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Warr’s Pharmacy was the best team among 20 entries in this year’s Air Labrador-Nasittuq Memorial Cancer Tournament, held on Aug. 14 at the Amaruk Golf Club. Members of the winning team were: (l-r) Tom Newman, Chris Warr, Mick Kennedy and Greg Warr, with Rex Goudie, chair of the Labrador East chapter of the Grenfell Foundation.

The 18th Annual Grenfell Foundation Charity Golf Tournament raised $15,500 this year, bringing the total raised in the 18-year history of the tournament to more than $135,000.

The tournament was held Aug. 14 at the Amaruk Golf Club in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The event was originally established in 1997 as the Air Labrador-Nasittuq Memorial Cancer Tournament to raise funds to assist with the cost of cancer education, awareness and prevention initiatives. In 2008, it was determined that all proceeds from this tournament would be used to support the Grenfell Foundation. The Grenfell Foundation is a registered charitable organization that was created to support the work of Labrador-Grenfell Health. Up to 2007, funds raised from the tournament were used to support a number of cancer education and awareness initiatives through the Foundation’s partners, the Canadian Cancer Society and Labrador-Grenfell Health. Since 2008, funds raised through the tournament have been used to purchase priority medical equipment such as a CT scanner, and funds are now being used to support the purchase of portable ultrasounds for the Labrador Health Centre.

The golf tournament attracted 20 teams from a number of businesses and organizations throughout the region who came together in the spirit of fun and generosity to support the Grenfell Foundation. The Warr’s Pharmacy team — Greg Warr, Chris Warr, Mick Kennedy and Tom Newman — carded a score of 60 in the four-person scramble format to capture the title as 2014 champs.

The long ball hitter for the men was Mick Kennedy, who hit the longest shot on hole number 9, while Sally Penney had the longest shot for the women on hole number 8. The closest to the hole for the women was Marion Roberts and Wayne King captured the ‘Beat Bob’ contest by hitting the best shot on hole number18. Greg Warr won the putting contest as one of the seven golfers who qualified for the final.

“It was a very successful day financially for the Grenfell Foundation,” said Rex Goudie, chair of the Labrador East chapter of the Grenfell Foundation. “I want to thank all of the companies and organizations in the region, as well as the golfers for their continued support.”

Mr. Goudie also expressed his thanks and gratitude to Nasittuq, in particular, as one of the tournament’s major sponsors since its inception in 1997. “Nasittuq’s management and staff supported and participated in all aspects of this event, including the planning and running of this event, and were a big part of its success,” he said.

“We look forward to working with the business community and other community partners as we look at ways to improve and enhance this golf tournament and make it even more successful in the coming years.”

Organizations: Grenfell Foundation, Amaruk Golf Club, Canadian Cancer Society Labrador Health Centre

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Labrador East

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