Volunteers, friends and 138 golfers all came out on August 16 to support the Fondation des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (FECCE) at its fifth annual charity golf tournament.
The FECCE expressed its appreciation to the golfers, tournament sponsors – including its platinum sponsor, Rogers – and everyone else involved who helped surpass their fundraising goal. Proceeds from sponsorships, registration fees, donations, and the silent auction added up to a record-setting $23,409 that will go towards helping students and families in need.
The money will be used to help cover the cost of various programs, according to the FECCE, including for day camps, enrichment camps, health care, and FECCE breakfasts, so that children from underprivileged families can benefit from services to which they would not otherwise have access.
“I am so pleased that we surpassed our goal again this year. Now we will be able to help even more children,” said François Bouchard, Chair of the FECCE, adding that the raised funds will go a long way toward alleviating the effects of poverty on students’ well-being and academic success.
Jean-François Bard, FECCE Executive Director and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) Superintendent, said that many CECCE students will get the help they need to work toward achieving their potential thanks to this community support.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to those who are building a better world by showing how much they care,” Bard added.
CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe attended the tournament and thanked the organizing committee, under the leadership of Marc Lecompte, for putting together yet another successful tournament. “Hard work on the part of FECCE board members who organized the fifth annual golf tournament paid off in spades, so the foundation can now help even more CECCE students reach their potential,” said Lacombe.
The CECCE (“Centre-East French Catholic School Board”) is Ontario’s largest French language school board and includes Kingston schools École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier and École élémentaire catholique Monseigneur Rémi-Gaulin – with the latter welcoming a new principal, Monia Lalande, later this week.
The FECCE is a charitable organization that works to fight the effects of poverty on students attending Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est French-language schools and help them overcome the obstacles they face every day.
Established in 2011, the FECCE has contributed over $120,000 to make sure that children and teenagers get the winter clothing, food and medicine they need, to help them participate in activities they would not otherwise have access to, and to support their post-secondary education dreams.