The charity event continues to raise money and looks forward to another tournament in 2022.
One of the best-loved and longest established charity golf tournaments within the aftermarket industry–having raised, accumulatively more than $5.2 million since inception–Shad’s R&R was, like virtually every event of its kind impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And although no physical tournaments were able to take place in 2020 or 2021, Shad’s R&R Chairman Brad Shaddick says he’s optimistic for 2022.
In the meantime, Shad’s continues on its mission to provide funding and support for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
In 2020, it launched an online campaign in which a series of educational and inspirational messages were sent out to Shad’s event participants and donors about how funds generated through the event are being used to further medical research and treatment of Muscular Dystrophy.
Most recently, Dr. Alex MacKenzie, CEO at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, delivered a moving speech about some of the breakthrough developments that have been possible in MD research thanks to the support from initiatives such as Shad’s R&R.
In the last few years, revolutionary therapies for conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy and now testing all newborn babies for the condition in Ontario as well as being able to develop life-saving therapies have been introduced, and with a great deal of success.
Such breakthroughs would likely not have been possible if it wasn’t for the fundraising generated by events like Shad’s R&R.
Brad Shaddick, in an interview with Autosphere.ca, said that despite COVID-19 impacting physical events, it didn’t stop the demands of charities like Shad’s to raise money in support of helping those afflicted with terrible conditions like Muscular Dystrophy and it was one reason why he, Mike Fazackerly and Shad’s board of directors and advisory committed to continue raising money and spreading awareness regarding muscular dystrophy.
“We will be continuing this campaign,” said Shaddick “and I would like to thank Shad’s board members, the advisory committee, the volunteers and our sponsors because, without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”
Shaddick also said that as a legacy of his father, Fred Shaddick, who originally started the tournament 47 years ago, “we will just keep it going. My Dad always stated we have to be thankful for what we have and give back. It’s what we have been doing and what we will continue to do.”