Golfing “Fore” a Good Cause

Jamie Heap
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First annual even benefits local chapter of Kidney Foundation

SPRINGHILL-Six months of planning paid off for the Springhill-Oxford chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada Saturday at the Springhill Centennial golf course.

“It was at the thirteenth annual Springhill-Oxford Kidney Foundation fundraising breakfast at the Lamp Cabin on Boxing Day that I first thought about having a golf tournament as a fundraiser,” explains Donnie Blair, chair of the Springhill-Oxford chapter of the Kidney Foundation. “We were shooting for 20 teams, but we still managed to get 14 teams, which is pretty good for a first time event,” he added.

For $300.00 per team of four ($75.00 per person), golfers of all ages and skill levels enjoyed 18 holes of golf and a steak supper prepared by the golf club.

A barbecue and 50/50 draws in support of the Kidney Foundation were also held.

“Even without a major sponsor,” said John Hopkins, the acting president of the Springhill Centennial golf course, “we still managed four potential hole-on-one prizes valued at over $37,000.00: $10,000 for a hole-in-one on number 3, a Vessey golf cart for a hole-in-one on 12, notwithstanding an E-Z Go golf cart from Redden (in PEI) for a hole-in-one on 6 a Kiko golf cart from Warren McDonald on 15,” added Hopkins. “We had great support from local businesses as well,” he said.

The Springhill-Oxford chapter of the Kidney Foundation, the second busiest chapter in the province behind the Amherst chapter, has been around for 38 years.

“You can’t do it without volunteers,” stated Keri MacIvor, the Fundraising Coordinator for the Atlantic Canada Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

“One in ten Canadians are affected by kidney disease,” added MacIvor.  “You’ll never know who will be affected by it. It could be you or someone in your family.”

According to MacIvor, there are over 200 people in Nova Scotia currently waiting for a kidney transplant, nine of whom are children. “Kidney disease can be caused by such health conditions as diabetes or high blood pressure,” stated MacIvor.

People with kidney disease can require dialysis treatments up to five hours per day, three times a week. Worse still, they may have to travel to Truro or Halifax if there are not any available dialysis units on a given day here in Cumberland County.

“Pressure really needs to be put on the government to look at the shortage in human resources in the fields of health care and education, our two most important services,” stated Cumberland Regional Health Authority nurse Sue Boiduk, who works with the Legacy of Life that focuses on organ and tissue donation.

“We support each others’ events, such as this tournament here today,” said Boiduk. 

For more information, visit please, join the challenge or if you have been affected by this disease, phone the Kidney Connect Peer Support Program toll free at 1-866-390-PEER (7337).


Organizations: Kidney Foundation, Atlantic Canada Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Cumberland Regional Health Authority

Geographic location: Canada, Amherst, Nova Scotia Truro Cumberland County

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