TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
MONTREAL — The Air Canada Foundation hosted its eighth annual golf tournament earlier this week, raising a record-breaking $1.2 million.
The golf tournament took place at the Saint-Raphaël Golf Club just outside of Montreal with some 350 attendees from 100+ Canadian, U.S. and international corporations and organizations.
Funds raised go to support charitable organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada.
Two young boys who previously benefited from support of the foundation, Stone and Kaleb, operated the lemonade stand and raising a record-breaking $14,630.
Priscille LeBlanc, Chair of the Air Canada Foundation, said: “The tireless work of several Air Canada employee volunteers who helped organize and facilitate the event was once again key to ensuring the tournament’s great success. Over the past eight years, and with the unwavering support of Air Canada, its employees and its partners, the Foundation has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of children across Canada. I extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of all the children and families whose lives are touched by the Foundation.”
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Air Canada Foundation has raised over $1 million in support of charities. In 2018 alone Air Canada granted over $5.4 million in financial and in-kind support to 275 Canadian registered charities and helped over 450 fundraising events and initiatives.
Dreams Take Flight, an employee-led charity, benefited from Air Canada Foundation’s support last year and has been supported by Air Canada since over 30 years ago. Each year, the airline provides flights from Saint-John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver to bring 1,000 challenged children to Disney for a fun-filled day.
In addition to the annual golf tournament, the Air Canada Foundation raises funds through various initiatives, including the Wanderluxe Gala and Every Bit Counts, an onboard collection program that facilitates the donation of currency of any denomination or through containers at Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges. All proceeds collected in 2019 will be distributed to all 14 pediatric member hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network.