Community Rallies For Kauai Keiki Pa’akamana’o Matiu Lee Kokua for Pa’a, March 20th at Plantation Gardens Run For Pa’a,April 13th at Organic Functional Fitness Studio Lu’au for Pa’a, April 13th at Poipu Beach Park
Pa’akamana’o Matiu Lee was born with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome along with many other organ and cardiovascular abnormalities that will need lifelong monitoring and repair. His condition was undetected before birth and his family was shocked to find out something was wrong 14 hours after he was born. He has had eight surgeries since birth and they are preparing for his third open-heart surgery in San Diego in April of 2014.
In order to help offset medicaland travel expenses, friends of this courageous boy have organized three fundraising events in hopes of raising $20,000. Plantation Gardens is hosting Kokua for Pa’a on Thursday, March 20th where a portion from each bill will be donated to Baby Pa’a Lee. For reservations, please call 808-742-2121 or visit pgrestaurant.com.
Sundey Dillberg, owner of O.F.F. Studio in the Kukui’ula Shopping Center is organizing the Run For Pa’a event at 7:30 am on Sunday, April 13th. Last year, over 350 community members, visitors and family showed their support by running in the 5k that raised over $7,000.
The route will take runners from Kukui’ula Shopping Center up to the intersection of Koloa Road and back. Participants will be greeted with donated beverages, snacks and fellowship upon their return. The entry for the run is simply a donation, with additional funds being raised from a lucky drawing and t-shirt sales.
Dillberg states, “The generosity and outpouring of community and visitor support last year was overwhelming. We hope to have similar success this year and have already received a number of prizes and financial support from local area businesses.”
This year, the run will be followed by a Lu’au for Pa’a, to be held at Poipu Beach Park. Hawaiian cultural activities will be provided for all who attend and Hawaiian Plate lunches, a bake sale, and lucky drawing sales will help to raise funds here as well. It will also be a “See you Soon” party for Pa’a, as their family leaves the following week.
For more information, or if you would like to make a donation for Baby Pa’a Lee, please visit www.prayforpaa.com. There is additional information at Friends of Pa’akamana’o on Facebook.