Nearly 70 Service members took part in the second annual Toronto Police Service East Asian Internal Support Network (EA –ISN) charity golf tournament on July 21.
Over $25,000 was raised that will go to the Chinese Family Service of Ontario(CFSO) that has been offering linguistically and culturally sensitive services to individuals and families in need of counselling and settlement services since 1988.
“We are very grateful to Toronto Police for stepping forward and doing this for our organization,” said CFSO executive director Anna Wong. “The money will go to a wide range of our family services, including individual and family counselling and mental health.”
Staff Superintendent Peter Yuen, who played a key role in the ISN launch, expressed pride in Service members stepping up to the plate for a good cause.
“This shows our diversity, cultural competency and the commitment of our officers that truly want to help the community, particularly social agencies.”
About 144 golfers took part in this year’s event.
Last year’s inaugural tournament raised $15,000 for the Hong Fook Mental Health Services,established in 1982 to address the mental health concerns in the East & Southeast Asian communities.
Detective Sergeant Kenny Ho has headed the event planning team in the last two years.
“Without a strong team of EA-ISN members, the successful fundraising tournaments would not have taken place,” said Yuen, “Organizing such events need months of planning, overall logistics, advertising and staffing for the event among other things. Detective Sergeant Ho is to be commended and recognized for his tireless voluntary work to promote and strengthen the relationship of the Toronto Police Service with the East Asian community.
“The work of the charity golf planning team is another example of the selfless, voluntary and valued-added work being done by our members to better serve the community and, most importantly, promote a positive image for the Service.”
The EA – ISN was formed in 2008 to create knowledge-sharing, skill-development and networking opportunities for Toronto Police Service members who are of a similar cultural background.