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Landscape industry golf tournament helps support Come Alive Outside charity

Fundraising for charity tops $15,000

September 20, 2022  By Turf & Rec

Among the golfers playing in the SiteOne Landscape Supply-sponsored charity tournament were, from left, Cam Hansuld, owner-operator of NutriLawn in Mississauga; Ken McLeod of Nutrite; Mike Jiggens, editor of Turf & Rec; and Mark Schneider of Nutrite.

A full field of golfers helped raise more than $15,000 earlier this month at a charity golf tournament led by SiteOne Landscape Supply.

Held at the Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, the event attended by 144 golfers helped support the Come Alive Outside charity. Among the golfers were business partners of SiteOne and several industry suppliers, and landscape and lawn care professionals.

Come Alive Outside was founded in 2014 and is a non-profit charity that works closely with partners in health care, public health, outdoor recreation and the landscape profession to connect individuals and families to the health and wellness benefits of outdoor spaces where they live, work and play. Its mission is to inspire collaborative community systems that create the awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, children spent more than seven hours daily looking at screens and only half the time that they spent outside in 1980. The numbers are worse yet among adults. The increased screen time has had a detrimental effect on people’s mental and physical well being. COVID and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected people’s health and have created a further strain on those already suffering from mental illness and chronic health issues.


Studies have shown that being active outdoors and connecting to nature improves both mental and physical health. Nature experiences decrease anxiety and stress. Connecting to nature increases self-esteem and provides individuals with a stronger feeling of social inclusion.

For more information about Come Alive Outside, visit www.comealiveoutside.com.


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