Our Club member and friend Del Livingston was asked by the Elders of Kisumu Kenya to help them keep their youth from dropping out of school and leaving for the big city. There is very limited employment opportunity in the community, and secondary school education is not free; students must pay their own way.
The Elders gave Del 100 acres with an additional 600 plus available for future farm development. Del came up with the idea of developing the very rich land, with water available for irrigation, into various vegetable farming. Youth would be employed to develop and maintain the working farm. This will allow them to stay in the community.
Del has been helping communities in Kenya with clean water for many years, and now he can help in this wonderful venture. The immediate challenge was coming up with initial funding to get Del there and buy some small farm equipment to begin. Our Club came up with the idea of having a golf ball drop to raise money and have a unique and fun experience.
We sold 206 golf balls, then on December 6, with the help of Doug LeMay at LeMay Marymount Event Center, Kevin Gleim, and Doug very slowly ascended about 60 feet into the air to get into position over the golf flag and cup below. The balls were then dumped out over the cup, and the closest three golf balls won prize money.
The net money raised was $2600, and our Club matched that amount to present to Del’s organization. We plan to do this again in early fall, as the effort to make it happen was light.