We’ve all seen the reports about the heartbreaking situation in Haiti. The breadth of the disaster is enormous and needful of the international aid and attention it is receiving.
Americans nationwide have responded to the Haiti crisis with an outpouring of donations. Many been made to the American Red Cross, one of the first charities to respond to disaster situations locally and around the world. In Hawaii, it is our classmate, Coralie Chun Matayoshi, who leads the Red Cross as it helps people through disasters of whatever nature befall our island state. Last year alone, her organization assisted more than 700 people in 100 Hawaii-based disasters.
The topicality of Coralie’s work was featured in a January 22 Star-Bulletin article. The coverage examined both Hawaii’s response to the Haiti disaster and how one can prepare for disasters. There’s also information about Coralie herself so you can learn about what she’s been doing since graduation as well.
As for Coralie, she passed along this personal message for the class of ’74 regarding how we can help the people of Haiti while having a great time:
What happened in Haiti is heartbreaking, and I know that people in Hawaii want to help. You can make a donation at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross. Hilton Hawaiian Village is putting together a benefit for Red Cross Haiti disaster relief on Friday, February 12th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on their Great Lawn. Cecilio & Kapono will be there along with other top entertainment, gourmet food tasting, drinks, and fireworks. $20 suggested donation at the door. Hope to see you there!
Perhaps a chance for a mini reunion. What do you think?