WESTVILLE – Almost two decades since Walter MacDonald passed away, the MacDonald Cup fundraising golf tournament still goes on.
“It’s hard to believe this is the eighteenth year for Walter’s tournament,” says Alan Stewart, a close friend of MacDonald’s.
“It’s so nice to see Walter’s close friends keeping this tournament going and raising awareness for palliative care. He was great friend, always ready to lend a hand.”
There are only two spots available in the golf tournament, which will take place July 15 at Glen Lovat Golf Club on Frasers Mountain; a total of 18 teams are expected to take part.
One aspect of the fundraiser this year is a Jimmy Flynn comedy show on July 14 and organizers will be selling 50/50 tickets up to the day before the tournament.
“Last year, the 50/50 was $6,200 and this year we’d like to get it over $10,000,” said Mike MacNaughton one of the organizers.
“And we’ve still got two months left to sell tickets.”
MacDonald passed away in the fall of 2000 and Stewart has been to the palliative care unit many times over the years to comfort friends and loved ones.
“I am always overwhelmed by the care and compassion I have received by the hard-working professionals and volunteers of the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care,” he said.
“It takes a special kind of person to do this type of work, surrounded by sadness and sorrow daily. Watching family members say their final goodbyes must be very difficult.”
Anyone seeking more information can contact MacNaughton at 396-1483 or can access the MacDonald Cup Facebook page.