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Three Stooges tourney raises funds for children with exceptional needs

June 14, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The ninth annual Three Stooges Charity Golf Tournament in support of Jaida’s Challenge took place on Saturday, June 8 at Silver Brooke Golf Club in Lisle.

The event featured a number of prizes and raffle draw, as well as an opportunity to win a Hole-in-One prize – a two-year lease of a 2019 Ford Escape SE – provided by Trillium Ford Lincoln Ltd.

Registration opened at 10 a.m., with golf beginning at noon by shotgun start.

Last year’s tournament raised $22,000 for children with exceptional needs, at press time 2019 numbers had not been finalized.

Jaida’s Challenge is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers, including: founder Helen Sykes, Jaida Cumberland’s mom; co-founder Lisa Patterson, Chief Operating Officer CLASS; Nancy De Luca, Community Development Worker CLASS; Mary-Lyn Beckstead, Resource Consultant, Simcoe County Resource Consultation Services, Community Living Huronia; Peter McCague, Royal LePage RCR Realty, Alliston Lions Club member; and Wade Cumberland, Jaida’s big brother.

Jaida’s Challenge Alternative Funding Program has been established in collaboration with CLASS (Community Living Association of South Simcoe) in honour of Jaida Cumberland.  

Jaida, who passed away when she was just 7 years old, was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder at the age of 18 months, and the cause of Jaida’s physical disability remains a mystery.  

“Throughout her physical struggles Jaida always maintained a positive outlook and faced the daily challenges of her life with enthusiasm and determination,” said the not-for-profit organization. “She endured frequent hospital visits and admissions and captured the hearts of all of the doctors and nurses that cared for her. Jaida was larger than life in every way.

“She was given to us for a reason. Her extraordinary life has taught so many people enduring life lessons. She helped everyone that she encountered to see past her physical disabilities to the happy, loving and friendly girl that she was. As people got to know her, they marveled at her courage, her sunny disposition, her intelligence, her sense of humour and her loving ways.  We are still inspired by her inner light. It is said that the measure of a life can be gauged by the number of lives we touch on our journeys.  By that account Jaida lived a life far, far beyond her years. She has been described as having a gift for drawing people to her and together. We have all witnessed this gift time and again both within her circle of family and friends and out in the community. If we all take one thing away from our time with Jaida, whether she was a fleeting presence or a constant in our lives, we must remember this:  every person whether they are a child or an adult…whether they are very much like us or very different…deserves our respect and, more importantly, our kindness. Our community gave Jaida these gifts and we made her life a happy one. In turn she has forever changed a little part of who we all are. Our community rallied around Jaida in so many ways and now in her honour and in recognition of our exceptional community we are reaching out to other children and families that may need some kindness and a helping hand.”

Through Jaida’s namesake founded charity, volunteers have vowed to support special needs children in the South Simcoe communities of New Tecumseth, Adjala–Tosorontio, Borden/Angus, Essa and Cookstown, in need of specialized equipment and/or funding to enhance their quality of life.

The Jaida’s Challenge Team raises money to keep this fund viable through community events, corporate partnerships and private benefactors.  

Applications for support through Jaida’s Challenge Alternative Funding Program are available online, and assessed upon receipt in order to minimize wait times for families. The application sets out the eligibility criteria, and the referral process. 

Donations to Jaida’s Challenge can be made via Paypal, through the website, or by cheque.

Cheques should be made payable to CLASS with Jaida’s Challenge written clearly on the memo line.

Mail to: 125 Dufferin Street South, Alliston, ON L9R 1E9

Tax receipts can be issued for donations of $20 or more. For more information visit or contact Helen Sykes at

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