Chipping in for a very worthy cause

BrainTrust Canada benefits from the Pihl Law golf marathon Sept. 7, at the Okanagan Golf Club Bear golf course.

The annual Pihl Law Corporation Golf Marathon in support of BrainTrust Canada and brain injury education and prevention takes place Friday, Sept. 7, at the Okanagan Golf Club Bear golf course.

This event offers the ultimate day of golf—12 hours to play 100 holes from dawn until dusk, with a total of $50,000 in hole in ones courtesy of Capri Insurance, Harmony Honda, Avalon Event Rentals and a special One Million Dollar Hole In One for four randomly drawn players courtesy of RBC Dominion Securities.

There will also be valuable prizes such as the grand prize of a golf package at the award winning Golf BC courses Olympic View Golf Club and Arbutus Ridge, accommodations in Victoria and rental courtesy of Valley Mitsubishi.

There will also be prizes for the top three fundraisers including a getaway to the Prestige Oceanfront Resort courtesy of Prestige Hotels and Resort.

The title sponsor, Pihl Law Corporation, is joined by gold sponsors Valley Mitsubishi and Adams, Heymen Owen; silver sponsors BDO, ICBC and Viewpoint Medical Assessment Services, a Centric Health Company; and media sponsors the Capital News, The Daily Courier, Global TV, Shaw Communications, K96.3, SUN FM/AM 1150/EZ Rock, Power 104/Q103.1 and Okanagan Life.

Corporate supporter Aspire Media Works will provide promotional printing services, while Karen Guy, of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty, and M&M Meat Shops on Harvey Avenue will host the barbecue lunch.

“Brain injury is one of the least understood issues we have today,” said Sean Pihl of Pihl Law Corporation. “People need to realize that brain injury can happen in the blink of an eye—but can last a lifetime.

“It can result from traumatic causes such as motor vehicle crashes, i.e. inattention while driving, drinking and driving, from sports related causes such as not wearing the proper gear such as helmets; or from non-traumatic causes such as stroke, tumors or excessive drug and alcohol use.”

Pihl Law Corporation handles personal injury cases relating to brain injury and we see the profound impact that brain injury has on family, friends and community.

“The long-term care costs for just one person with serious brain injury is in excess of $4 million and the best cure is prevention and education,” said Pihl.

“Canada in our community—they have a variety of initiatives to bring awareness to this serious issue, and also provide community rehabilitation to persons with brain injury in the Okanagan.”

“This golf marathon is our most significant fundraising event of the year,” added  Magda Kapp, director of communications for BrainTrust Canada. “All proceeds go to brain injury awareness programs, especially for our youth who are the highest risk for brain injury. The marathon itself is the ultimate day of golf, not only for the golf itself, but also meals and snacks all day, fun activities on most of the holes around the course, great prizes for all golfers, and even a massage for the aching muscles at the end of the day.

“We can only allow a maximum of 50 golfers for the day, so those interested should contact our office at 250-762-3233 or visit the golf marathon  section of as soon as possible.”

BrainTrust Canada is a progressive community rehabilitation organization dedicated to being a leader in injury prevention, as well as maximizing independence for persons with brain injury.

Brain injury has been labelled by some as an epidemic, and is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 45.

One person in Canada sustains brain injury every three minute—that equates to 480 people a day.

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