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Golfers Take Part in 3rd Annual Hole Out for Hope

On June 25, a group of 171 golfers braved the rain and came out to the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville, Ontario for the 3rd Annual Hole out for Hope Golf Tournament in support of the June Howe Memorial Fund and Kit's Krew, benefiting the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO). Once again organized by Fred Howe and Craig Sindrey, it was the biggest golf tournament yet.

The day began with a beautiful dove release. Participants could buy a dove and watch them fly back to their home at the Toronto beaches. It was a huge success, with many participants never witnessing a dove release before. A full day of golf, with a bit of rain, was followed by dinner, wine tasting and both a live and silent auction.

“Its people like Craig and Fred that keep us at SSO going,” said Mary Alberi, CEO of SSO. “Without people like them, who are willing to do the hard work to put events like this together, we would not have hope.”

Both Fred and Craig have personal reasons for organizing the golf tournament. Fred’s mother, June, lived with schizophrenia, and he started the June Howe Memorial Fund as way to help families and raise awareness about schizophrenia. Craig’s brother, Mark, lives with schizophrenia.

“We want to thank every single person here who dedicates their time to spend with us,” said Craig to the crowd gathered for dinner. “We can’t do this without you who support this event every year. It’s a lot of work for Fred and myself but it’s worth it.”

The tournament is also held in memory of Kit Skelly, who lived with schizophrenia and died by suicide. His parents, Lesley and David, are part of the organizing committee and gave a heartfelt speech at dinner about the importance for mental health care. Jesse Bigelow, a member of SSO’s speaker’s bureau, also talked about his lived experience with schizophrenia.

“I live with schizophrenia and I consider myself a survivor,” Jesse said. “When someone develops schizophrenia, it’s not just them going through it, it’s everyone around them.”

This year’s tournament raised over $70,000. Thank you to all of the volunteers, golfers and organizers for your hard work.