This week I was given the opportunity to photograph the 2016 First Truck Drive Fore A Cure Golf Tournament at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club in support of the MS Society. The tournament raises money for multiple sclerosis research in the fight to cure the disease that affects over 100,000 Canadians. Funding is needed for researchers to continue their work to find a cause of multiple sclerosis, develop better treatments for managing multiple sclerosis and to ultimately cure the disease. Events like this coupled with the continuous generous support of Albertans is moving researchers closer and closer to their goals.
One of the most impactful things that I got to witness at the tournament was the research that the University of Alberta is conducting in the search of the cause of multiple sclerosis. Prior to teeing off on the tenth hole, golfers were given the opportunity to discuss research with a pair of University of Alberta researchers and how their work is impacting the search for the cure. It gave golfers and donors a way to see the impact that their generosity has in a local research environment like the University of Alberta.
Prior to the start of the tournament the area experienced some intense lightning and rain but about an hour or so before the shotgun start, the skies cleared up and the morning was perfect for golf. Hitting the course in support of the MS Society was 144 golfers who would be treated to a great day of golf followed by an amazing steak supper and a auction that included items generously donated to support multiple sclerosis research.
Photographing the days events was awesome! The joy of the golfers, even the ones who may have spent more time in the rough then the fairway, the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the hole sponsors made the day on the links that much more enjoyable.
Here are some of the photos I captured from the day, hopefully capturing what a great event this was.