Andrea Van Rossum, Samantha Aitken, Kristin Avis, and Tracey Carpenter attending the Colliers golf tournament.

Colliers International in Victoria has been hosting the annual Colliers International Charity Golf Tournament for 30 years. During this time, it has supported over 20 different charities, and this year, we were absolutely thrilled at the Children’s Heart Network to hear we were chosen to be its beneficiary.

The tournament was held on June 21 at the picturesque Cordova Bay Golf Course. It was sold out, with over 145 golfers in attendance. Volunteers and dinner guests enjoyed a beautiful day, a fabulous auction, and a presentation by two local heart moms, Kristin Avis and Andrea van Rossum.

Kristin has a 4-year-old boy named Judah, and Andrea has a 5-year-old boy named Reid. Both were born with complex heart conditions, and both have endured multiple open-heart surgeries.

These two families were able to connect through the Children’s Heart Network and have supported each other through the difficult times that come with having a child growing up with congenital heart disease.

We were enlightened as they spoke of the challenges as well as the fun times they have shared through many CHN programs and events, such as going to the Pumpkin Patch, the Christmas party at Butchart Gardens, CPR courses, and the recent family camp held at Camp Pioneer in Sooke.

Thank you, Kristin and Andrea, for sharing your heart journey with everyone at the tournament.

Along with the support of their clients, vendors, attendees, and volunteers, Colliers has donated over $950,000 to local charities in the past 30 years. Colliers International recognizes the value and support the Children’s Heart Network provides to families in BC and chose us this year as their gold tournament charity!

We are thrilled to report the tournament raised over $52,000 in support of the Children’s Heart Network! This massive donation will allow us to increase our programs offered for families all over Vancouver Island and BC.

We are so grateful to everyone involved for the amazing support. Thank you to Colliers International Victoria, Andrea and Kristin, and all the attendees, sponsors, donors, and volunteers!

“A Huge ‘Heart-Felt’ Thank You to Colliers International in Victoria” is from our fall 2018 newsletter, Heart Matters. See our Newsletters page for more stories and to subscribe.