Some of the newest stars at the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kurtistown are a group of 11-year-olds known as the 4-H Shooting Stars.
“We are so grateful to this group of wonderful 11-year-old 4-Hers who raised $864 for the Rainbow animals,” said sanctuary spokeswoman Cheryl Curtis.
The Shooting Stars have 16 members, most who started as Cloverbuds in 4-H. Then, three years ago, leaders Kerri Okamura and Candace Fukuda-Hanle began their own 4-H club called the Shooting Stars.
“On a monthly basis we meet and learn how to become better citizens in our community, develop skills in giving presentations/demonstrations, and also learn how to be great leaders at school and home,” said Fukuda-Hanle.
“During the past three years, we have helped at the Hilo Hospital Extended Care, Rainbow Animal Sanctuary, cleaned Richardson Beach and provided 200 bags of cookies for Project Hawaii’s yearly Christmas program for homeless children,” she said.
“We visited the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary and learned how hard the volunteers work at the sanctuary. It was an uplifting experience for our club to help animals without a home and we thought we could do more than just one visit,” she said. “Since that day, we decided to raise funds to help this organization. “Thanks to generous donations from patrons, we collected $864.68 for the Rainbow Friends,” said Fukuda-Hanle.
The club placed collection buckets at four business locations — Kilauea Market, Soontaree’s, KPC Grooming Salon and Kandi’s Drive Inn.