The Prince George Cougars, in partnership with the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, have cancelled the 9th Annual Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament.

The cancellation of this year’s event is due to the ongoing restrictions put in place by health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The golf tournament raised over $75,000 last July and since its inception, $558,000 has been raised for equipment that has primarily focused on cardiac care for residents in Northern B.C.

“The golf tournament is a highlight of the year, not just for the incredible amount of money we raise for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, but also for our alumni, sponsors, staff, and volunteers,” said Cougars’ Vice President of Business, Andy Beesley.

“It’s disappointing we have to cancel this year’s event, but we respect and support the health authorities’ regulations and guidelines. We’re already looking ahead to next year,” he added.

“It was a difficult decision to cancel, but the right decision in so many ways. The tournament is one of our signature fundraisers and has raised funds to purchase significant cardiac equipment through the years. We are hopeful that donors and players will still see this as a need and support the foundation where possible,” said Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

“Our hope is to continue when it is safe for everyone. Healthcare really does touch us all, and it seems even in new and different ways.”

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