the daniel r. sayre memorial foundation provides life-saving fire, emergency, and rescue equipment and supplies to the hawaii county fire department and search and rescue teams. their mission is to save lives, including their local residents, visitors, and first responders. the daniel r. sayre memorial foundation utilized their 2015 community grant from the ironman foundation to purchase an underwater communications system whereby divers can talk to each other, and to a base station on shore or on a boat. prior to this system, the divers used a rope tied to each other and the “oath” tug system. because of this new communications system, rescue and recovery missions will be a lot less dangerous.
special olympics of west hawaii provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships. special olympics of west hawaii utilized their 2015 volunteerism grant from the ironman foundation to provide transportation to and from state competitions, as well as the special olympics world games in los angeles.
hospice of kona provides family-centered support, education, and care for those approaching end of life. in 2015, hospice of kona utilized their volunteerism grant from the ironman foundation to say “mahalo” to their organization’s volunteers at their annual volunteer appreciation party in april. the theme was “rockin’ bash,” and volunteers were encouraged to “put on their poodle skirts and jackets!” this was the one event of the year where they could celebrate their volunteers as valued guests, as they weren’t allowed to lift a finger.
ironman foundation athletes have made it possible for us to support the organizations below within kailua-kona region:
AHU’ENA HEIAU, INC.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, KONA CHURCH OF CHRIST TROOP #84
CHARITY WALK HAWAII
CHILD & FAMILY SERVICE WEST HAWAII
CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, KEEI WARD
CONNECT THE DOTS
DANIEL R. SAYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
DEEP AND BEYOND
ECHO CITY KNOCKOUTS
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF WEST HAWAII
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN WEST HAWAII
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN’S JUSTICE CENTER OF EAST HAWAII