Calgary youth were once again winners at this year’s Shaw Charity Classic. The second annual PGA TOUR Champions Tour event will benefit eight youth-focused charities in Southern Alberta including All in for Youth, a citywide initiative focused on school completion. Developed by United Way of Calgary and Area, the goal of All In for Youth is to reduce the high school dropout rate in Calgary by 50% by 2017.”The Shaw Charity Classic’s support of local kids makes our city stronger,” says Lucy Miller, United Way’s President & CEO. Last year’s inaugural tournament raised $2.27 million for local youth-focused charities, including All In for Youth. We asked one of our 2014 All in for Youth Ambassadors, Christine Eway, to tell us about her experience. As told to Felicia Zuniga.
1. How was your experience at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic? I was honoured to be a youth ambassador for United Way at the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic! It allowed me the chance to talk about All in for Youth, an initiative I am truly passionate about. It’s a great blessing to have been one of the students who benefitted from All in for Youth, but being able to actually represent the initiative is a whole new surreal experience for me. I also had the chance to meet some familiar faces and new Calgarians that have all provided such generous support to All In For Youth.
2. What does being an All in for Youth ambassador mean to you? It’s special for me to know that there’s more than just a simple thanks that I can offer to All in for Youth. Being a youth ambassador allows me to talk about the initiative, spread the word and share my passion. Becoming a youth ambassador also greatly inspires me to do my best, because I know I am acting as a United Way representative.
3. What was the most interesting thing you learned about golf? It was when one of the volunteers in the skybox shouted, “It’s an eagle!” Amidst the thundering claps and cheers Fred Couples received from his shot, I couldn’t help but wonder what it meant. I knew I had seen hawks around the golf grounds, but definitely no eagles! Finally, someone explained it was golf-lingo for Freddy’s two under par shot. “Eagle” was a good term to learn, especially if it’s the kind you see from Fred Couples!
4. What are your future plans? Golf is surely a new interest that comes to mind! In the future I hope to make use of the new driver and clubs I received from the Canyon Meadows Golf Club. As for my long term goals, I do hope I can continue to support the All in for Youth initiative as much as possible, and hopefully even inspire other students. All in for Youth has given me a helping hand up to where I am today – a resilient nursing undergraduate at Mount Royal University, taking on one challenge at a time.
Christine and her family moved to Calgary from the Philippines almost 2 years ago. Christine is enrolled as a Nursing Student at Mount Royal University for Fall 2014 and is currently completing her medical requirements for the program through the Detour Program at Bow Valley College. This program is supported by United Way’s All in for Youth Initiative, working to keep youth in school, bring them back and link them to further education. Christine is part of United Way’s Speaker’s Bureau and volunteers with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation- Run for the Cure. She is working at H&M as a part time sales advisor saving for her post-secondary expenses this fall.
If you want to hear from our other youth ambassador Chantel Large and United Way’s President and CEO Lucy Miller, please watch this short feature by Calgary’s Shaw TV on the impact of All in for Youth.