9th Annual Rifco Charity Golf Classic
The 9th Annual Rifco Charity Golf tournament takes place in late August each year at the Innisfail Golf Course. Since it started in 2011, The Rifco Charity Golf tournaments has raised almost half a million dollars for Central Alberta charities.
August 25, 2021
Innisfail Golf Course
All proceeds raised goes to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Alberta.
A great day of Golf and Fundraising!!!
For SPONSORSHIP and REGISTRATION information please click HERE to download the tournament form.
We had to cancel our 2020 tournament due to COVID, however this year we have a clearer picture of the safety and compliance protocols golf courses are required to follow and we look forward to hosting our tournament on August 25, 2021. This year our foursomes will have assigned tee times to spread out the arrival and departure of golfers instead of our normal shotgun scramble format. Food service will also be adjusted and planned for outdoor service. Prizes will be awarded virtually and winners will be notified and prizes delivered after the tournament is completed.
Golf tournament Contact:
403.314.1288 ext 7054
In Support of - Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta
This year’s charity has a very strong connection to Rifco; the Ronald McDonald House was there for one of Rifco’s own – Lysanne worked in our funding department. We would like to share her daughter’s story with you and how RMH impacted this family’s cancer journey.
On Dec 3rd, 2018 Rowen was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at the ER in Red Deer. As soon as they did bloodwork they found out her blood counts (hemoglobin, white cell counts and platelets) were so low, they had to give her several blood transfusions before they could transport her safely to Calgary where she would be seen by one of the best a oncology teams in the country at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. We were transferred early in the morning with no preparation time and only the clothes on our backs. Once there, it was a whirlwind of doctors, information, long medical words and page after page of side effect sheets amidst the worry of caring for our sick daughter. Our other daughter, Aismee had to stay with her uncle and Aunt as we determined what we were going to do.
Jeff slept on a gym mat on the floor and I slept on a hospital parent bed in Rowen’s room on the unit.
Then we met a social worker who asked us the most important question: what kind of financial help do you currently need? Well we could not afford to stay in a hotel for a long time and so they bumped us to the top of the waitlist for a family room at the Ronald Macdonald House. Within 4 days we had a place to call home. We were able to bring Aismee over and she could play with Rowen and keep her company on the hard days where she did not feel well. Aismee always instantly cheered her up no matter her mood that day.
We were able to stay together for the 427 combined nights that we needed to be at the hospital. The RMH is within 5 minutes of walking of the hospital which gave us the opportunity to go recoop, have a talk, a hot meal, a hot shower, and do laundry. It may seem like small things, but when you are displaced on a moment’s notice and have to permanently live in a hospital room where there are always medical professionals in your personal space, having a place to get a bit of quiet feels like a sanctuary.
Volunteers at the RMH would come in everyday and cook a hot meal and sometimes a brunch too, taking away the challenge of figuring out how to get everyone fed.
But it wasn’t just a hotel-like setting or a room. The house was a common place for other medical families. All of us going through the same tough uncertainty at the same time. You would walk through the house and recognize the look on the other parents’ faces; the look of shock, heartbreak, the look of parents trying to hold themselves together when they feel helpless. There we have met others who understood, people who you could lean on on the tough days. We made lifelong friends. We distracted each other over coffee and puzzles. We stayed up late talking and finding a new sense of normalcy. Our other non medical kids would get excited about seeing each other everyday and about the activities the rmh volunteers has planned for them for the day. We celebrated birthdays and milestones at the house all together, Christmases filled with surprises. We cried when we said fairwell to families who finally got to check out after hundreds of nights spent at the house.
The Ronald Macdonald House truly is a home away from home and i have no idea how we would have made it through a year and half of hospital stays without it.
– Lysanne Therrien