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September 21,2015

Think About It: A Sporting Stance

How hard is it to simply do the right thing? I don't mean when there is some subjectivity about what's right, but when you know for sure. People in Hawaii have big hearts- we usually take care of one another. Recently, a business acquaintance of mine was holding a sports tournament and just before the annual event, he found out that someone he has known for six years has a special needs child. He just found out. So, he decided, unbeknownst to that child's parents, to make his tournament a fundraiser for a special child. He decided to act on what he learned. He decided to make a difference because he could, and because he cared.

He put up a banner at the tournament site announcing that the event was to help support this child, and he raised funds over a single weekend, selling tee shirts and including a glass jar where tournament participants and friends could chip in a few dollars extra. In that one weekend alone, he raised $4,000 for the beleaguered family, a family that never complains nor asks for help, a family that no one playing in the event even knew.

When I asked him, he said he did it because his wife always told him to give, no matter what, and to give until it hurts. To give because it's the right thing to do, because everyone who can lend a hand must lend a hand, or an idea, or a check. Those fortunate enough to be in a position to make a difference must make a difference, on some level. And it doesn't just have to be during holiday season. Because you see, for this family, Christmas came in a surprise gift of sharing and love, in September from a class man full of aloha, humanity, and humility. That concept is surely something we can all act on here as one extended ohana; let's not just think about it…

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