UH Hilo pharmacy students raise funds for American Heart Association

Pharmacy students competed against their classmates to raise the most pennies and spare change.

AHAStudent pharmacists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo pharmacy college recently collected $1,080 on behalf of the local American Heart Association using a “penny wars” fundraiser.

Students from the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists organized the week-long event, which culminated with National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6.

“Congratulations and well done to the (college) students for promoting awareness of cardiovascular disease and taking action to live longer, healthier lives and fight against this silent number one killer,” says Ann C. Oshiro-Kauwe, regional director for the American Heart Association.

The entire student body of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy contributed to the cause, competing against their classmates to raise the most pennies and spare change. Co-chairs for “Operation Heart” were Moani-Lehua Hagiwara (Class of 2016) and Hannah Meerah Shin (Class of 2017).

Many of the student pharmacists plan to join the American Heart Association 18th Annual Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Liliuʻokalani Gardens as volunteers to help with health screenings and other activities.

-Adapted from media release