This week saw hundreds of avid golfers and supporters land at the University Golf Course to take part in the annual Air Canada Birdies for Babies charity golf tournament, in support of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation.
2017 marks the 5th year in partnership with Air Canada and in addition to the great news of yet another sell out, BC Women’s Hospital Foundation is also honoured to announce Air Canada has renewed its title sponsorship through until 2019.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Air Canada as we feel there is such a natural synergy between our organizations,’ Genesa Greening, President + CEO of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation said. ‘With a commitment to safety, technology and world-class service, we share a passion that impacts our approach to everything we do and it’s exciting to have a partner that embraces those principles.”
Together with Air Canada representatives from coast-to-coast and a field of golfers which included business leaders, Vancouver Canucks alumni and homegrown superstar, Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres, a record $403,000 was raised in support of the lifesaving work that occurs each and every day inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Women’s Hospital.
“Air Canada and its employees are proud to be associated with Birdies for Babies. We share with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation a desire to help our communities, especially newborns,’ Kevin C. Howlett, Air Canada’s Vancouver-based Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations said. ‘On behalf of Air Canada’s employees, I thank everyone who took time to attend, generously support and tirelessly give their time at this year’s Birdies for Babies Charity Golf Tournament. We are all particularly proud of the record amount raised this year which will help BC Women’s Hospital continue their important work giving vulnerable newborns the best possible medical care, and their families the best possible experience.”
With help from emcee and CTV Vancouver news anchor, Mike Killeen, alongside keynote speaker, NICU dad and TSN Radio Vancouver broadcaster, Tom Mayenknecht, and an astonishing assortment of luxury auction items including Air Canada business travel and accommodations in London, Cabo San Lucas and Montreal, the record amount raised will help ensure a continued investment in the best possible physicians, equipment and research on behalf of the 1500 high risk newborns which begin their fragile lives far too early in the NICU at BC Women’s Hospital.