Golden and District Lions get ready to roar at CNIB tournament

As August comes to a close the Golden and District Lions Club are preparing to host their annual golf tournament in aid of the CNIB.

As August comes to a close the Golden and District Lions Club are preparing to host their annual golf tournament in aid of the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind).

Gary Bjarnason has organized the event and this year it will be held at the Golden Golf Club on Aug. 27 with a start time of 11 a.m.

“It is a fun deal. It is a scramble event so everyone gets to tee off and you pick the one you want from there,” he said.

This year will mark the tournament’s 18th year. Bjarnason said over the years the tournament has received a great deal of support from the community.

“The businesses give more than you can expect. I am flabbergasted. The businesses are always willing to help out,” Bjarnason said.

Bjarnason also said people have been helping in many ways and some people who cannot golf are looking for ways to make donations.

Bjarnason added this is a great way for people to help the Lions help people.

“You realize that we have 16 to 18 legally blind people in the Golden area. We try to raise funds to help people,” he said.

Bjarnason also said golfers who are playing in their 10th tournament receive a special prize for their commitment to the tournament.

Anyone interested in taking part in the tournament or learning more about the event can call Bjarnason at 250-344-2336 or contact the Golden Golf Club at 250-344-2700.

As for why he feels people should come out to the event Bjarnason said, “You can come out and enjoy yourself  while helping the CNIB with their cost of an important service. Everyone wins a prize and it is a win win situation for everyone,” he said. “The Lions Club thanks everyone for their participation because without it nothing could happen in the community.”