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Golf tournament supports healthcare initiatives in Lac La Biche region

LAC LA BICHE - Lac La Biche Golf and Country Club hosted the first ever Healthier Communities Golf Tournament on July 9. The event sold out fast for golfers and was well supported by sponsors as well.

Lac La Biche County council approved the golf tournament to be held in 2020, however it was postponed due to COVID-19. The event went ahead in 2021 as a way to show support for healthcare in the region. 

Proceeds from the 2021 Healthier Communities Golf Tournament will be given to the Lac La Biche Regional Health Foundation and Portage College for future development of healthcare services and training opportunities in the region.

The Lac La Biche Regional Health Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer board members and other volunteers. 

The foundation has purchased a portable cardiac monitor, in partnership with the Ladies Auxiliary; it has supported recruitment and retention of the Ultrasound Sonographer, provided funding for the CT Scanner in partnership with Carmen Nashim and family, Lac La Biche County, AHS and other community partners. It has also supported Children’s Community Wellness Boxes, Vital Signs Monitors for Acute Care, and a bladder scanner and equipment for the Stroke Walk in Clinic for the Emergency Department. 

Portage College offers health and wellness programs that give students the opportunity to pursue healthcare careers, and become people who will graduate and change the lives of their patients’ forever.

Mayor Omer Moghrabi played in the tournament, showing his support for the cause.

Moghrabi brought $500 worth of five dollar bills to the event.

“I have been challenging (people) to the longest drive and if it stays on the fairway, and if they win, I donate five dollars on their behalf to the foundation. And then if I win, they donate five dollars,” said Moghrabi, “I'm a really bad golfer, so that'll be my donation.”