Chicks with Sticks helps children

The ladies are playing through at Cotton Wood Golf Course in support of the kids.

The ladies are playing through at Cotton Wood Golf Course in support of the kids.

The fourth annual Chicks with Sticks charity golf tournament takes place Friday (July 15) in hopes of raising $25,000 for the Kids Help Phone programs. The money ensures professionally trained counselors are available for kids – at anytime, for any reason.

From avid to first-time golfers, this nine-hole, best-ball tournament is for women looking for an afternoon of fun for a good cause.

The theme is the 1950s and golfers are encouraged to wear polka dots and poodle skirts. Along with a round of golf, the day includes entertainment, refreshments, fun at each hole, caddy auctions, prize draws and a barbecue buffet dinner. Registration is $99 and women will golf in groups of five.  Registration can be made online at http://chickswithsticks.ca.

Kids Help Phone relies entirely on fundraising to support their programs.

In 2010 Kids Help Phone received more than 8,000 calls from the Nanaimo region alone. There is a need in the community for programs that give kids the opportunity to speak with someone about their personal issues.

The top three reasons for calls to Kids Help Phone in 2010 were: mental health concerns; peer concerns; and family concerns. Kids Help Phone also runs a school ambassador program in Nanaimo that teaches students about its programs.

Please e-mail organizers Mary Manhas and Sarah Lane at chickswithsticksnanaimo@kidshelpphone.ca for more information.