Tri-Nation tournament tees off next week

By Bryan Eneas
June 7, 2016 - 4:56pm

After being delayed by a May snow storm, golfers will tee off for charity next week.

The second annual James Smith Tri-Nations Woman’s Group Golf Tournament is set to go on Friday, June 17 at the Melfort Golf and Country Club.

“Our main goal [with the funds raised] is our own building,” James Smith Woman’s Group member Eldeen McKay said. At the moment they’re without a building to host their meetings and provide services to women in need.

The group is also looking for a permanent home for exercise equipment which was donated to them by a closed down fitness centre. Previously the equipment was stored at Bernard Constant Community School on James Smith Cree Nation. Currently, the equipment is sitting in storage unused.

Between 10 and 14 women have gathered together in search of sponsors and prizes for the golf tournament. Cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200 will be awarded to the top three teams.

So far, 26 teams have registered from the Prince Albert region.

The Woman’s Group is active in the community, participating in Mothers and Grandmothers Against Drugs, as well as running a number of raffles. A Valentine’s Day raffle held this past February raised $800 towards a building.

On top of fundraising, the Woman’s Group offers a helping hand where they can.

“Last winter we participated in the Coats for Kids program with kids all the way up to Prince Albert,” McKay said. 

Using the contacts they have made through the Coats for Kids program, the James Smith Woman’s Group has been able to bring in some of the resources they need, but more needs to be done according to McKay.

From Melfort to Prince Albert, down to Muskoday, people from all over the region have pitched in to make this tournament a possibility, McKay said.  

Last year, $2,455 was raised towards their building goal. While no target has been decided on, McKay said the research into a building is ongoing.

Registration remains open until June 16.

The James Smith Woman’s Group meets every second Tuesday night at the James Smith Health Clinic, and is open to the public.

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