Childcan New F55F Championship Charity

Childcan named official charity of Freedom 55 Financial Championship

(London, ONTARIO) – Freedom 55 Financial, Highland Country Club and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada officially announce Childcan as the official charitable beneficiary of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, which will run September 10-16, 2018 at Highland Country Club in London, ON.

“With September officially recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we‘re pleased Highland has selected Childcan to receive the tournament’s charitable proceeds in 2018,” said Abbie MacMillan, Vice-President, Freedom 55 Financial. “This builds on our support for children with cancer in Ontario, complementing our commitment to the Health Sciences North Foundation in Sudbury.”

“Childcan could not be here for the families and children coping with childhood cancer were it not for the generosity of our community,” says Kathleen Barnard, Executive Director, Childcan. “While we don’t receive ongoing government funding, we do receive an outpouring of support from those who know and see the difference that their donations make. Initiatives like the Freedom 55 Financial Championship have an incredible impact on the financial, emotional, social and research programs we provide for our families.”

Last year’s championship season raised $52,000 in support of Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC), the previous charitable beneficiary, for a combined total of $164,548 over a three-year period (2015-2017), including generous contributions from both The Brandon Prust Foundation and the Harbour Grace Group.

“The Centre supports over 8000 children and youth across Southwestern Ontario with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism-spectrum disorders,” says Dr. John LaPorta, Chief Executive Office, TVCC. “The Freedom 55 Financial Championship has helped us to fund meaningful programs, including those that foster inclusivity in our community, help children with disabilities to walk or move better, and connect clients with various supports so they can fully participate in life. The funds also aided the purchase of equipment for the Adapted Fitness Centre.”

“We would like to thank the Thames Valley Children’s Centre for its participation as the official charitable beneficiary over these last few years,” said Justin Wismer, Tournament Director, Freedom 55 Financial Championship. “It has been extremely rewarding to support their work in providing the very best research and rehabilitation services for children of all ages. We know they will continue to do great things in the community, and we wish them well.”

The Mackenzie Tour helps players make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR by rewarding season-long performance with access to the Tour, including fully exempt status to the Order of Merit winner for the following Tour season.

In addition to serving as title sponsor of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship and the Freedom 55 Financial Open in Vancouver, Freedom 55 Financial also sponsors the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week award, presenting $2,500 to the top Canadian player at each Mackenzie Tour event as well as the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize.

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