On behalf of Hospice Maui, I would like to extend a warm mahalo to everyone who participated in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk, including our sponsor, Bank of Hawai'i. A special note of recognition goes out to Maui's youngest philanthropists, the Girls Rock for Charity Walk group--12 girls aged 8 to 11 from Kihei who participated in the "Sleep-over for a Cause" followed by the charity walk.
This past weekend, these 12 young girls arrived at their friend Coral's home with their sleeping bags under their arms and charity walk sponsorship forms in their hands. In order to qualify for the sleepover that included dinner, a movie and popcorn, the girls needed to raise a minimum of $35 from their neighborhoods for Hospice Maui. Together they raised 1,389.00! The top fundraiser in the group was 10-year-old Chloe LoGrande from Kihei who raised an impressive $739.00.
Despite their very busy schedules full of soccer practice, dance classes, music lessons and homework, these girls made the time to fundraise for Hospice Maui. And on Saturday, May 11, they willingly rose at 5:30 a.m. and gave up a Saturday morning to walk 5k.
During the walk, in between discussion about favorite movies and music, I was surprised by the very direct and specific questions about hospice care that would pop into their minds. These young girls were not yet programmed to fear open discussions about end-of-life care. They are at an age where these conversations are not sad, but rather matter-of-fact.
As we walked and talked and I answered their questions, one 10-year-old summed up our discussion best: "So you take the pain out of the really sick people and make them not so scared about dying?" I smiled at the simplicity and accuracy of her statement, and said, yes, that's exactly what Hospice Maui tries to do.
Thank you to everyone who generously sponsored these girls as they walked door to door fundraising and learning about giving back to our community.
Development Director Hospice Maui