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.
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 Wendy Bennett of the Mike Weir Foundation.