Gaston golfers hit Cramerton links to help hungry children in Haiti – Gaston Gazette

Golfers on Friday hit the links of Cramer Mountain Club with beautiful weather, renewed friendships and with a goal of not only low scores, but also with helping Haitian school children.
The annual Promise for Haiti one-day golf tournament attracted around 80 golfers to the Cramerton course. Proceeds this year go toward a food program that helps keep 2,000 children in Pignon, Haiti, from going hungry, said organizer Che Hooks.
While the golfers enjoyed their time putting around — and competing for longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one challenges, among others — they were also mindful of the real goal of the day.
“People were out there to have a good time,” Hooks said, “but everyone there has an interest in helping out children across the world being able to go to school.”
The Belmont-based Promise for Haiti has been part of the international organization for years, focusing its efforts on the city of Pignon’s nine elementary schools and one hospital.
Promise for Haiti annually raises about $30,000 for the country. This year’s tournament featured 19 teams of four golfers each to raise money.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. People who live there scrape to get by and are especially vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes.
The school lunch program needs just 20 cents a day to feed one student, but thousands of children need help, Hooks said.
Promise for Haiti was founded in 1981 by Dr. Guy Theodore, a Haitian native who was inspired after witnessing the death of thousands in the country from treatable diseases. He was motivated to obtain his medical license to help and make a difference in his community.
The local organization is led by Dr. Omer L. Shedd, a cardiologist at CaroMont Heart & Vascular.
You can reach Kevin Ellis at 704-201-7016 or email him at kellis@gastongazette.com.


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