MUSKOKA LAKES - The public is invited to join the Mayor of Muskoka Lakes in golfing her way to health.
People throughout Muskoka Lakes will gather for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Golf Classic to raise money for the Muskoka Lakes Nurse Practitioner Station Building Fund.
The township has been earnestly raising money for the nursing station for the past year. On Tuesday, $25,500 had already been raised through sponsorships for the golf tournament.
Mayor Alice Murphy estimated there will be about 100 people at the tournament. She is expecting a broad range of seasonal and permanent residents.
“It’s just great seeing folks in a different situation, you know in a more relaxed environment outside of the constraints of council chambers,” said Murphy.
Each year the money from the fundraiser goes to a charity of the Mayor’s choice. This year the funds will go toward a new building for a nursing station, with a long-term vision of bringing a retirement home and a hospice to the township.
The nursing station will provide front-line health care, from diverting non-emergency patients from hospital emergency rooms, to providing allergy injections, prenatal care, X-rays, and many other services.
The township has arranged with the library to set up the nursing station behind the library until funds are raised for a new building.
Currently council is working with the local health integration network and is scheduled to speak to the province as the next steps to bring the nursing station to fruition.
Murphy said they decided to move the tournament from the fall, as it was in previous years, to the “front of the pack” to avoid the busy rush.
The tournament includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Rock in Minett, and costs $250 per person or $50 for dinner.