When it comes to raising awareness and tackling chronic problems associated with Canadian youth at risk, we have a long way to go.
Reality is grim. Statistics show 67,000 Canadian children live with foster families right now. Within this most vulnerable group of children, 68 per cent of homeless youth is said to have been in care. According to 2018 Statistics Canada, children from the lowest income family are at the highest risk of opioid hospitalizations and to commit crimes or be victims of violent crimes.
This is where Joe Carter comes into the picture. The legendary Toronto Blue Jays member is entering into his 10th year to host the Annual Joe Carter Classic Charity Golf Tournament. To date, it has raised $2.5 million for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and other children’s causes. It pairs attendees with top name celebrities, and so far, 100 celebrities from worlds of sport and entertainment participated. To name a few in this year’s celebrity lineup, there will be pro golfer Tisha Abrea, broadcaster for TSN Rod Black and more.
There will be fun events like silent auction and an after party at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. What’s the highlight of the event, you may ask? VIPs are invited to the Blue Jays Game on Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
We sat down with Carter to learn more the event—you can watch the interview in the video clip above.