2019 marks Semiahmoo Rotary Club’s 30th annual Charity Golf Tournament! Over the years the support of our players and sponsors have provided more than $2 million to fund many vital community projects.
Some of these include Women’s Shelters and Transitional Housing, Peace Arch Hospice Society, Sources Food Bank, Peace Arch Free Dental Clinic and many projects at the Peace Arch Hospital. One hundred percent of the net tournament proceeds are contributed back to our community to improve the lives of those in need!
Last year our Golf Tournament is proud to be contributing funds to Sources Community Resource Centres in support of their Imagination Library reading program. Imagination Library was founded by Dolly Parton in 1995 (imaginationlibrary.com/ca) and currently operates in 4 Countries – Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and United States. The vision of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to remove the stigma of “being poor” for families that have challenges accessing books and literacy. Every child receives the same books to read so they can be ready at the same level when they enter kindergarten.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is in its second of a three-year partnership as an official Service Partner with Rotary International. The goal is to increase the number of Rotary Clubs who collaborate and help bring the Imagination Library to their local communities.
Operated by Sources Volunteer Services, the program currently serves 251 children in the White Rock, South Surrey area. Children receive a free, home-delivered brand new book every month from birth until they turn 5 years of age. The program aims to increase early childhood literacy and reading skills that will continue as a child develops. Although this is a “library,” the child gets to keep the books. The cost per child is $3.55 per month and a donation of $25,000 could provide a monthly book for 5 years for an additional 100 children on the waiting list.
Our Golf Tournament will also continue to fulfill our pledge of $75,000 to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation over the next few years, to contribute to the construction of Emergency Pediatric Care rooms in the new ER facilities.
With the help of everyone who takes part in our golf tournament we are grateful to be able to make a lasting impact in our community!