Patrick's class at Cypress Woods Elementary was given the task to "find a way to make the world a better place." Many of his classmates decided to donate an afternoon at churches or charities, but Patrick wanted to do something more, something BIG.
With the help of his mother, Nicole, Patrick searched online for local charities. Patrick's grandfather and great-grandfather are veterans, and even though Patrick is too young to have experienced the tragedy of 9/11, he knows of the sacrifices that our brave military must make to protect freedom. Together they decided on doing something for the Healing Heroes Network, a charity that provides financial assistance to veterans injured while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
To make the BIG difference he wants, Patrick is organizing a putting challenge at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club. Called Patrick's Putt, the event will benefit the Healing Heroes Network.
"I want to help injured veterans get better so they can enjoy the freedom they fought for," said Patrick. "Some return with injuries you can see, and some have wounds on the inside. But all should be able to get help so they can get better."
The event will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 8 am to 12 pm. For a $5 donation, golfers can attempt a putt. Whoever is closest to, or makes the putt will win a prize. For those who aren't interested in the putting contest but still want to help, they can donate in increments of $1, $5, and $10 for a cut-out (made by Patrick) to honor our veterans. The cut-outs will be displayed inside the clubhouse at Eastlake Woodlands.
It's taken many hours to set up this event for his school project, but Patrick doesn't mind. He's proud of all the good work he's doing, and he hopes it will encourage others to also get involved.
"If we all do or give one small thing, it will add up to make a BIG difference!"
To learn more about the charity the Healing Heroes Network please visit http://www.HealingHeroes.org.