Learn golf basics while giving back

The Ocean Course at Hokuala is offering a chance for ladies to learn about golf while contributing to a holiday program to help those in need.

Kellie Hines, PGA golf professional at the Ocean Course at Hokuala, will be holding a workshop on golf basics from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Cost is $20, with all proceeds going to The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund.

To register, call 241-6000.

The Christmas fund helps hundreds of families on Kauai each year, including people like Melody, who lives alone, enjoys going on outings and shopping. Her monthly income pays for necessities and she rarely spends money on something new. She is lonely at times and would love more company. She gets to socialize when she goes on outings.

Perhaps a new necklace or bracelet would cheer her up and build her self-confidence and self-worth.

Louise, an 84-year-old widow, has been struggling recently with health issues. Normally, the holidays are her favorite time of the year but this year, she could use a little boost to lift her spirits.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund is supported by the community.

Here’s how it works:

Families apply for assistance through social service agencies, which in turn connect with the Zonta Club of Kauai. It uses donations to buy gift certificates for those in need. The certificates can be used for gifts and groceries.

The Garden Island shares daily stories about those who could use assistance this holiday season. While the names are not real, the situations described are.

Each donated dollar is accounted for and carefully recorded. There are no administrators collecting salaries.

If you hold a fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word. Anyone making a donation of $50 or more may have his or her picture presenting the check published in TGI.

The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund was established in the early 1980s. It has been led for the past two decades by Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano. The 92-year-old is so dedicated to this program, that despite health concerns, she declines to give up the volunteer post and keep at this, when she could be resting at home.

New this year, the Hale Uluwehi Kauai Fund announced that it will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for donations of $100 or greater. It will match the total up to $5,000 and, if there’s great success, will consider adjusting that figure higher.

Only monetary donations are accepted. Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766.

For more information, call 822-4517.

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