Sign up for the annual ‘Feed the Hungry’ golf tournament

Aug. 24 tourney benefits Canadian Foodgrains Bank

WINCHESTER — Local golfers can help drive home some funds for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) at the annual “Feed the Hungry” tourney at Cloverdale Links Golf Course this week.

Key organizer Keith Smith of Inkerman says the Aug. 24 event kicks off with lunch 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start an hour later.

The $100 individual entry fee includes a round of golf with cart plus a steak dinner afterward and a chance to win prizes. This Old Heart will play live music. Foursomes are welcomed at $400 per group, and it’s not too late to come aboard as a hole sponsor ($100), powercart sponsor ($1,000) or presentation sponsor ($3,000).

Local churches and service clubs often assist the CFB by growing crops like corn or soybeans on available parcels of land, then donating the proceeds to the organization that assists the hungry in the developing world. Smith, a member of Inkerman United Church, has long been associated with such efforts. He and fellow congregants previously cultivated a County Rd. 31 property just outside Winchester — but ironically lost use of the site when local Anglicans built their new church — St. Clare’s — at that spot.

So they switched to a golf-based fundraiser that year, with the help of Cloverdale proprietor Gib Patterson.

The 2018 edition will again see proceeds donated to the Christian organization. The CFB  provides food to people in the developing world during times of crisis, helps them grow more of their own food and provides nutritional support to malnourished people “with a focus on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and your children,” the organization says on its website. It helped over 900,000 people in 35 countries in 2016-17.

Proceeds from the Feed the Hungry tournament — like all donations to the CFB — will be matched four to one by the Canadian government.

Individual players will be matched up with other individuals or twosomes to make foursomes on the day of the tournament. The event will also feature live music by This Old Heart from, 4 to 6 p.m.

Call 613-774-0076 to sign up.

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