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Golf to Support Mental Health

by Shanine Sealey

This September marks the kick-off event for the Brighter Futures Fundraiser Golf Tournament, which will be held on September 15th at the Legends Golf Club in Warman. This annual event will help support youth mental health, with all proceeds going towards supporting the Possibilities Recovery Center’s Youth Intensive Outpatient Program and the Martensville Youth Connection.

The funding provided through events such as this help to ensure that youth are able to access these programs at no cost to themselves or their families, which gains them access to mental health supports that they might otherwise not have access to.

In 2022, the 16-week Youth Intensive Outpatient Mental Wellness program (YIOP) supported nine youth throughout the course of the year, with notable progress made since its inception earlier that same year. “To date, YIOP has seen a total of fifteen youth clients. This program allows for this who attend to overcome challenges with mental health and addiction in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

Martensville Youth Connection is a non-profit organization that was created in 2022 as an after-school youth drop-in program to help provide local youth with education on mental health, connection to other youth within the community, as well as help them learn various life skills that they can use in the future. In its first year, MYC was visited 754 times and within the first five months of 2023, there had been 767 visits.

“Martensville Youth Connection is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, guidance, and recreational activities to the youth in our community. We firmly believe in empowering young individuals to develop their full potential and become future leaders,” Katharine Carter, Youth Connection Manager of MYC, stated.

Currently, the organizers of the golf tournament fundraiser are looking for individuals and businesses to get involved in a variety of ways, whether it be through sponsorship, donations of auction items or attendance of the tournament.

Donation items will be used for the silent auction, with funds from the auction going towards supporting the youth programming. Items can range from gift certificates, unique experiences, sporting goods, electronics, or any other products or services that businesses are able to provide.

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available, from Title Sponsor ($5,000), Prestige Sponsorship ($2,500), Luxury Sponsorship ($1,500), Longest Drive ($2,500), Hole in One ($5,000), Closest to the Pin ($2,500) and more. Each option receives different levels of recognition leading up to, during and following the event, as well as tickets to the event.

You can also sponsor a ticket for $250, which sponsors a Possibilities Recovery Center client or client parents to attend the golf tournament.

“Your generosity will not only contribute to the success of our event but will also showcase your commitment to supporting our local youth,” Carter added.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the ‘Martensville Youth Connection’ Facebook page and look for the event post.

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