The Toronto Police Service’s East Asian Internal Support Network’s (ISN) first charity golf tournament was an overwhelming success.
Nearly $17,000 was raised at the inaugural event at Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club in Whitchurch-Stouffville on August 20.
“We were expecting to get about $12,000,” said ISN chair Constable David Chen of 54 Division. “We went above and beyond that and I am delighted with the generosity shown by our members and the representatives from the community. They really stepped up for us and we are so grateful.”
The proceeds went to the Honk Fook Mental Health Association, established in 1982 to address the mental health concerns in the East & Southeast Asian communities.
The association provides counselling, case management, assessment, consultation, advocacy, psycho-educational workshop, English courses and housing services to community members with mental health problems and their families.
“We chose this organization because it’s the largest mental health provider for the East Asian community,” said Superintendent Peter Yuen, the ISN’s adviser. “It’s a good cause to support because the Service is also committed to raising awareness about mental health.”
Starting with about 20 members, the East Asian ISN membership has grown to about 200.
“When we were brainstorming on what we should do to support a community initiative, golf was on top of the list because many of us play the sport recreationally,” Yuen added.
He said the golf tournament will be held next year for a different charity.