UNI-FORE! Unifor Golf Charity Classic celebrates 20th anniversary

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A group of men with their fists in the air with golf carts in the background.

Unifor held its 20th anniversary Charity Golf Classic tournament on June 14 at Granite Ridge Golf Club in Milton, Ont. to raise money for Raising the Roof.

“For 20 years, Unifor members have participated in this event to raise money for worthy charities, including this year’s recipient, Raising the Roof. It is an incredible organization dedicated to combating homelessness through the creation of affordable housing, employment opportunities for people at risk of homelessness, and fundraising,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“Thank you to the organizers, our Recreation department, and all the volunteers who make this gathering possible. Our union will always do what we can to support our communities and fight for social justice causes.”

Unifor has supported other charities associated with spina bifida over the span of the two decades, with 100% of the profits earmarked to the charities. Close to $1 million has been raised to date. 

This is the third golf tournament where Unifor has supported Raising the Roof, which provides long-term solutions to homelessness across Canada through the creation of affordable housing, employment opportunities for people at risk of homelessness, and fundraising through the annual Toque Campaign, which Unifor also participates in.

“Please accept my thanks for all that you’ve done,” said John Bell, the Fund Development Manager for Raising the Roof. 

“The foundation of our partnership is really our shared beliefs as organizations. There’s a lot I really respect about Unifor – your value of people over profits, that people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity in every aspect of their lives. We bring our strengths together and try to create a better world.”

The were 270 golfers from 23 Unifor local unions, as well as employers, suppliers of Unifor and other unions.

Unifor leadership, including National Secretary-Treasurer Len Poirier and Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle attended the event.

A contingent from Unifor Quebec participated in the charity event.

“It’s important what we do as Unifor – the day-to-day work in our workplaces, to make sure we make our members’ lives better,” said Poirier. “But we also have to recognize the work that we do in our communities and our union is proud to be a benefactor in each and every community.”

During his remarks, McGarrigle called everyone in the room leaders, taking big steps towards supporting charitable causes, such as Raising the Roof.

“It’s really important that we’re out there, supporting these events and showing that we’re a union from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” he said.

John Aman, Unifor Senior Director overseeing the Recreational Department, said this golf charity event creates solidarity among locals and the community.

“This event is important for not only bringing together our locals and stakeholders for a day of fun and relaxation, but also in continue to give back to our communities and highlighting some important work that needs to be done,” he said.

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