Women raise $12,500 for ocean program

Michelle Griffoul happily displays the sign announcing that Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s water quality monitoring program is the winner of the September donations of the 100+ Women Who Care — Maui meeting.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s community-based ocean water quality monitoring program was awarded $12,500 in funds raised at the September 2018 meeting of “100+ Women Who Care — Maui,” a group that holds quarterly meetings to raise funds for local nonprofits, charities and causes.

The group’s members meet four times each year, with each meeting lasting one hour. Each member (and their guest) brings a check for $100 or more. Any member can nominate local charities, nonprofits or worthy causes, whose names are put into a hat. Three names are drawn at random. The group then votes by secret ballot to choose one of the organizations or causes to support, with a collective donation that typically amounts to $10,000 or more.

Michelle Griffoul, a member of 100+ Women Who Care — Maui and a board member of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, nominated the organization’s Hui O Ka Wai Ola (Association of Living Waters) ocean water quality testing program. She spoke from the heart about her firsthand experience as a volunteer with this innovative monitoring program, which works with dozens of local volunteers to regularly test ocean water quality at 39 locations along the south and west coastlines of Maui.

The members voted by secret ballot and selected Maui Nui Marine Resource Council as the recipient.

“We’re grateful to all of the community-minded women in this group who chose to support our Hui O Ka Wai Ola water quality testing program,” said Robin Newbold, MNMRC co-founder and chair. “Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is proud to be a co-manager of this unique program and we are grateful for all in our community who make it possible.”

To learn more about 100+ Women Who Care — Maui, visit 100womenwhocaremaui.org.