Island CrossFits unite to raise $9,000 for Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Staci Fujimoto, co-owner of Maui CrossFit Extreme in Wailuku, demonstrates a barbell movement for the WOD for Wishes workout July 22, while co-owner Lisa Setiawati and Austin Derego watch. -- The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

The Maui News

Nearly 200 people at seven CrossFit boxes participated in the first WOD for Wishes on Maui on July 22, raising more than $9,000 toward granting wishes for Maui children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“It was great to see so many people in that community that wanted to support more ‘wish kids’ that are in their neighborhood,” said Janel Chandler, director of communications and events for Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We feel like it was a great success to have so many people come together.”

She said the money raised through the workout of the day event will be used for Maui children, including 8-year-old Kula resident Tavin Hashimoto, who is battling leukemia. His wish is to go to Disneyland.

The workout, done at CrossFit boxes throughout Maui, was designed around Tavin, with portions of the workout representing his age, months in treatment and missed school days.

As of Tuesday, Chandler said, the top fundraising box was Maui CrossFit Extreme in Wailuku.

Members there raised $2,052 in donations, led by Shar Pacheco, who raised $1,025, said co-owner Lisa Setiawati.

She said the fundraising effort began about a month ago, with members talking to co-workers, family members and friends and using Facebook to solicit donations, including some from the Mainland and out of the country. Pacheco did a bake sale to get some donations. Others pledged to do burpees and pushups for donations.

Setiawati said that the box supported the fundraiser as an opportunity to support local kids.

“It’s like helping your friends or neighbors,” she said. “It just shows how strong the CrossFit community is on Maui.”

Chandler said WOD for Wishes fundraisers have been done on Oahu, but this was the first on Maui.

“We really wanted people on Maui to know and understand we have wish kids in our community,” she said. “This was the first of what we hope will be an annual event.”

Donations to the event, which had a $10,000 goal, still can be made online at raceroster.com/events/2017/13337/wod-for-wishes-maui/teams.

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