My name is Julian Dobko and I am a Canadian Golf Instructor out of Vancouver, BC. I started playing golf when I was 9 years old. By 14, I won the Junior Club Championship at Sunset Ranch in Kelowna, from then on I was hooked. I won my club championship 2 more times when I was 16 and 17. At 18 I took a year off to travel the world, by the time I got home I realized how much I missed the game. In 2011, I decided to join the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation and gained the ability to teach golf professionally. Having enjoyed golf for so many years, I wanted to give back and help others enjoy it too.
I have now found another way to give back, through Hole 72. Hole 72 is a charitable organization that I created to raise funds and awareness towards mental health. Why is it called Hole 72? Because in just one day I play 72 holes of golf (thats 4 games back to back, the equivalent of a PGA golf event) as a way for people to support me in my journey to reach my funding goal. Since I started the company in 2014, I have travelled to 3 different countries to play; Iceland, United States and New Zealand. Collectively, $5000 was raised, 140 holes were pared, 24 holes were birdied, 2 were eagled, and 155 kilometres were walked. This year we are bringing it back home and playing in Vancouver, Canada. My goal is to reach $10,000 with the help of all of you!
Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.
By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
This year, all of our proceeds will be going to support one of our favourite charities, Heads Up Guys. This team of clinicians, researchers, and mental health advocates have brought together their expertise to create a resource to support men in their fight against depression. They offer tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.
Help us raise our goal of $10,000