The first event was a book launch. Gerry Ronan Sr has published his first book at age 81. It is - a collection of his lifelong poetry writing entitled The Outstretched Hand by Gerard C. Ronan. He is donating the book proceeds to the Philpott Inner City Children's Tennis Fund and with a packed house at the event, and the lively readings of some of the poems at the launch, undoubtedly sales were brisk. Gerry is a long time tennis player and member of the Cricket Club.
The next event was a “tennis-a-thon” for kids and this was an innovative way to get young players (up to the age of 17) introduced to fundraising and enjoying tennis. 75 kids played for 10 hours between 2pm and midnight and the event took place at the end of November. A video of the event put together by Jamie Pope can be seen at Philpott Kids Tennis-a-thon or by clicking above.
Thanks go to Caroline Killeen, Sophie Ljukovic Ronan and Pauline Noteboom Veerman for developing a great idea and designing such a successful event and to Laura Borza, Claudia Voicu, Greg Novak, Chris Gostek, Ali Khan, Patti Henderson and Jamie Pope for their help in making it such an enjoyable reality.
The next and most significant fundraising event will be the Ladies Team Tournament which will be hosted January 28th and 29th 2015 at the Cricket Club.
For more information of the Philpott Fund please go to www.philpottchildrenstennis.ca