As someone who has an obsession with shoes, the annual Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign is a cause I can see stepping into.
Since the mid 1990s, the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association Local 1463 has been fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and “Jerry’s Kids.” Last year in Hawaii alone firefighters collected more than $50,000, adding to the national pot of more than $27.5 million. And according to Terry Cano, secretary/treasurer of the HFFA Local and statewide coordinator for MDA, the event is an opportunity for members to keep doing what they do best - giving back to the community.
“You realize the importance of being involved when you meet the families and the people who have MD,” says the retired fire captain. “They really appreciate what we are able to do for them by providing the equipment and hope that they need.”
Off-duty firefighters and volunteers will be out in full force at a number of sites on all Islands this weekend, including three on Oahu: Bishop Square, Tamarind Park on Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; in front of Pearl City Shopping Center and Home Depot on Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and fronting Windward City Shopping Center in Kaneohe on Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“The money that we collect stays in Hawaii and provides services and research for patients and families who have been affected by muscular dystrophy,” says Cano, adding that the Local 1463 also keeps busy by helping out the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Kauai Hospice. The father of two also is personally involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
“As firefighters, our job is about helping and doing things to make peoples’ lives better and safer. It makes you feel good that you are able to help others.”
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