FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE B2GOLD BIG BROTHERS GOLF CLASSIC RAISES $365,000 FOR COMMUNITY CHILD/YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMS
Vancouver, BC (September 30, 2016): The B2Gold Big Brothers Golf Classic took place on Monday, September 26th at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, raising $365,000 for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV)’s mentoring programs for children.
The annual tournament is organized by BBGV and made possible through the Title Sponsorship of B2Gold Corp., a Vancouver based gold producer and long-time philanthropic partner of BBGV. Over the last 20 years, B2Gold Corp. has contributed over $400,000 in support of the cause. B2Gold, the fastest growing gold producer in the world, has also doubled their investment in The B2Gold Big Brothers Golf Classic, and has made a commitment to continue their contribution at this level until the year 2020. B2Gold is committed to responsible mining, through meaningful and sustainable contributions to the communities where they work.
Over the years, The B2Gold Big Brothers Golf Classic has become one of B.C.’s top charity golf. Golfers begin the day with a delicious brunch, followed by an unforgettable day of on the greens. As they golf, participants enjoy a variety of unique food and beverage, massages and other contests and activities. After completing a round of 18, golfers are invited to relax at a cocktail reception and silent auction. Then the day wraps up with an expansive buffet dinner and prize presentations. All funds raised at the tournament support essential mentoring programs for community children and youth.
Mentoring matters because 1.2 million of Canada’s children live in poverty, and research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, factors that can help break the cycle of poverty.
“In our fast paced world, children need positive role models more than ever,” says Valerie Lambert, Executive Director of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. “When our children are emotionally, socially and physically healthy, everyone in the community benefits. Having an additional caring adult in a child’s life can curb issues like bullying and crime, so that children can grow into more resilient, more giving, and more compassionate adults. The B2Gold Big Brothers Golf Tournament helps fund these important programs that help make our communities stronger.”
ABOUT BIG BROTHERS OF GREATER VANCOUVER
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is a registered charity and community-based organization, that has been supporting child and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs for over 50 years. Big Brothers matches vulnerable boys and girls with male and female volunteers in a wide range of one-to-one and group mentoring programs. Big Brothers proudly operates across the Lower Mainland and the Sea to Sky Corridor.