The 7th annual Golf Marathon is taking place at Monte Vista Golf Course in support of children’s health in Greater Sudbury.

As a way to start the big event, 7-year-old Carter Carré hit the first drive of the day on Monday. 

Carter Carré tees off at Monte Vista Golf Course

Carré has had Leukemia. This event provides a bit of distraction for the youngster, who has been spending a lot time in Toronto at SickKids Hospital with chemo treatments and surgeries.  Event organizers say he’s on the mend now, but his fight isn’t over.

24 golfers tee off throughout the day at this annual fundraiser, benefiting young children in our community. 

Last year, participants golfed a total of 101 holes individually, and this year golfers say they’re trying to beat that record. 

While attempting to complete as many holes as possible, they are also raising money. All funds raised this year will be going towards three local charities: NEO Kids, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, and Our Children Our Future.

Jean-Francois Demore is co-chair of Golf Marathon. 

“One of the things that we really try to focus in on is things in the community that they wouldn’t otherwise have. With NEO kids, we have been trying to sponsor specific equipment that would help facilitate care here in the north. We also work with Our Children Our Future, who does a lot of really good work in the schools here. And also, two major programs we will be supporting, which is: the Dads Night BBQ and back packs and shoes for kids that don’t have the opportunity to buy them at the start of the school year. This year, we also added on Northern Ontario families with cancer, who supports families looking to get care here in the North.” says Demore.

This year, the original fundraising goal was $35,000 but  the effort had already raised more than $50,000 before the first tee off.

The money will be added to the $135,000 the initiative has raised since 2013.