The Mike Weir Foundation, the philanthropic organization created by the Masters champion’s family, has announced a partnership that will help fund a mental health initiative geared to help young people in the most vulnerable age group—11 to 25 years old.

Representatives of the Foundation have outlined plans for an ACCESS Open Minds site for the Sarnia-Lambton community.

The initiative, which is being endorsed by Bluewater Health, will mirror an existing facility in Chatham-Kent, according to Paula Reaume-Zimmer, integrated vice-president, Mental Health & Addictions at Bluewater Health and Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent.

The Mike Weir Foundation will be organizing a Par 3 Challenge for Mental Health, scheduled for September 19 at Huron Oaks Golf Club, as a way to spark the fundraising effort.

Weir will be attending the inaugural event, which will be limited to 108 golfers playing in threesomes.

The Foundation will be matching donations raised up to $200,000, which means the total could reach $400,000 including matched funds.

The ACCESS Open Minds site is intended to address a critical gap in mental health services.

Information on sponsorships is available by contacting Wendy Bennett of the Mike Weir Foundation.

Pictured at a recent event announcing the initiative are, from left, Kathy Alexander, executive director of Bluewater Health Foundation; Alan Stevenson, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Kent branch; Sue Barnes, executive director, St. Clair Child & Youth Services; and Paula Reaume-Zimmer of Bluewater Health and the CMHA.