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Mike Weir Foundation partnering with mental health professionals

Initiative to create new centre will see foundation matching local funds raised, up to total of $400k

From the Lambton Shield - July 22, 2019

The Mike Weir Foundation, the philanthropic organization created by the Masters champion’s family, has announced a partnership that will help fund a mental health initiative geared to help young people in the most vulnerable age group—11 to 25 years old.

In an event held Monday morning at Huron Oaks Golf Club, representatives of the Foundation, including Mike Weir’s brother Jim, as well as Bluewater Health and the Bluewater Health Foundation, outlined plans for an ACCESS Open Minds site for the Sarnia-Lambton community.

The initiative, which is being endorsed by Bluewater Health, will mirror an existing facility in Chatham-Kent, according to Paula Reaume-Zimmer, integrated vice-president, Mental Health & Addictions at Bluewater Health and Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent.

Pictured at Monday's event announcing a funding initiative of the Mike Weir Foundation are, from left, Kathy Alexander, executive director of Bluewater Health Foundation; Alan Stevenson, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Kent branch; Sue Barnes, executive director, St. Clair Child & Youth Services; and Paula Reaume-Zimmer of Bluewater Health and the CMHA.The Mike Weir Foundation will be organizing a Par 3 Challenge for Mental Health, scheduled for September 19 at Huron Oaks Golf Club, as a way to spark the fundraising effort.

Weir will be attending the inaugural event, which will be limited to 108 golfers playing in threesomes.

The Foundation will be matching donations raised up to $200,000, which means the total could reach $400,000 including matched funds.

The ACCESS Open Minds site is intended to address a critical gap in mental health services.

Information on sponsorships is available by contacting sbennett86 [at] cogeco [dot] ca (Wendy Bennett)

 of the Mike Weir Foundation.