UH Hilo student wins national contest

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Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student is the winner of the nationwide Sodexo University Dining Services “Share That U Care” contest. The promotion encouraged students to spread the word about their favorite charities and to help to make a difference through charitable contributions.

Cody Fred, a sophomore majoring in computer science, was selected from thousands of contestants. He chose the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kurtistown, Hawaiʻi as his charity because of his love for animals and his support of the humane mission of the organization.

The Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the well being of Hawaiʻi's unwanted, abandoned, abused or otherwise neglected animals, especially companion animals. Fred volunteered at the sanctuary while a high school student at the Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“We are a no-kill sanctuary whose goal is to help alleviate the animal abandonment and overpopulation issues facing our island,” explained Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary founder Mary Rose Krijgsman. “We take in any dog and cat that needs new homes and adopt them to loving families. If the animals are not adopted, they have a permanent home at our sanctuary.”

Fred will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 4 at noon in the UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room. A representative from the Rainbow Friends will also be present to accept their charitable donation of $2500 on behalf of Fred and Sodexo Campus Services.

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