On Thursday, May 21st, HiTel FCU employees participated in the Red Nose Day. It was a worldwide fundraising campaign for people to have fun and raise money for children and young people living in poverty. Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money. Comic Relief is an operating British charity, which was founded in 1985 by the comedy script writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry. The United Kingdom held their first Red Nose Day on February 5, 1988. However, this was the very first year that the United States participated in the cause. Fifty percent of funds raised by the U.S. will remain in country and be shared among nonprofit organizations and the remaining funds will be distributed among other nonprofit organizations around the world (Africa, Asia and Latin America). For more information, please visit www.rednoseday.org and to view pictures of some of our staff follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @hitelfcu.
August 16th was our inter-office Garage Sale for Aloha United Way. The coordinator of the event, Lori, has been planning our Aloha United Way Campaigns for the last 15 years! She is so enthusiastic about this cause and her enthusiasm is absolutely contagious. For a couple of months prior, she collected gently used items from the employees of HiTel FCU and set them up for sale for everyone. The sale was a great success, we raised over $900 for the cause!
Check out some of these photos from the sale!
This week we participated in the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids with KSSK! The radiothon raised money to benefit the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.
The miracle network, composed of 170 hospitals nationwide, seeks to help as many children as possible by keeping funds in the community to help local children. 100% of the money raised in Hawaii stays in Hawaii to help children regardless of their ability to pay.
Because of this great cause, 11 volunteers from our staff met up at 7:00 A.M., boarded a shuttle bus, and made our way to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. We arrived at the complex and headed to the radiothon headquarters in the hospital’s cafeteria. After a quick overview of how the radiothon works we went out to man the “phone bank”. We answered calls and dialed-out to raise as much money as we could! During power-hour, Panda Restaurants pledged to match the funds we collected within that hour, and the calls came more frequently. Feeling like we were making a difference was so satisfying, everyone left with a giant smile on their faces.
The radiothon raised over $168,000 in two days. We’d like to thank everyone who called in and donated to this awesome cause.