Two local mental health programs receive $85,000 from The Co-operators 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

 Two local mental health programs receive $85,000 from The Co-operators 20th  Annual Charity Golf Tournament  GUELPH, ON, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Last night, The Co-operators presented a  cheque for $85,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of  Waterloo Wellington Dufferin after a day of golf at the Ariss Valley Golf and  Country Club, site of the 20(th) Annual Community Charity Golf Tournament. The  funds will be split between two important community initiatives: Giving Light  Offers Worth and Wellness (GLOWW) and the Suicide Awareness Council of  Wellington-Dufferin. It was the largest amount raised to date at the annual  event, bringing the 20-year total to $508,500.  Giving Light Offers Worth and Wellness is a youth-led group that meets to  bring awareness to mental health issues. They are passionate about reducing  the stigma associated with youth mental health. The funds raised will be used  to support their ongoing projects as well as a new opportunity to send young  people for leadership training this summer.  The Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin is a community  partnership with the purpose to build and sustain linkages among community  groups and services; to identify gaps in support related to suicide; and to  increase awareness and understanding of suicide through education and resource  coordination. The Suicide Awareness Council is a community council for which  CMHA does financial administration.  "On behalf of GLOWW, we would like to thank The Co-operators for organizing  today's event," said Kristin Hunter and Megan Kole from GLOWW. "These funds  will allow GLOWW to continue with our vision of a community that is free of  the stigma associated with mental health."  "As a community volunteer I really appreciate The Co-operators support of our  efforts to bring suicide awareness to people in Guelph and the counties of  Wellington and Dufferin," added Amy Cousineau, Council volunteer.  Organized entirely by Co-operators volunteers, the charity golf tournaments  began in 1995. All money raised goes to support local organizations that do  not receive significant financial support from The United Way or other funding  agencies.  About The Co-operators: The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned  co-operative with more than $36 billion in assets under administration.  Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel,  commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The  Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to  sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in  Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada;  and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics  and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.    SOURCE  The Co-operators  Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937; Kristin Hunter, GLOWW,  519-836-4991 ext. 2530; Sandra Parkinson, Suicide Awareness Council,  519-766-4450 ext. 231  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2014/13/c1101.html  CO: The Co-operators ST: Ontario NI: INS CHARITY  
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