Jewelers for Children comes to Hawaii with HJA member, Hawaii Estate & Jewelry Buyers
Local affiliate Hawaii Jewelers Association brings new support to Make-A-Wish Hawaii, sends Wish Kid on dream trip to England.
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I (March 13, 2015) – The Hawaii Jewelers Association(HJA) has partnered with Make-A-Wish Hawaii after selecting the local nonprofit as their charity of choice, involving the association’s statewide members with the Make-A-Wish mission.
The HJA, under the new leadership of co-executive directors Sophia Makaimoku-Young and Bernard Nunies, is an affiliate of Jewelers for Children, an international organization dedicated to uniting charitable giving efforts of the jewelry industry to children in need. Make-A-Wish has benefitted from this organization on a national and international level, but now the effort has moved in locally to further support wish kids in Hawaii.
“We are excited to renew our relationship with Make-A-Wish Hawaii in support of our industry-focused charity, Jewelers for Children. Aside from financial contributions, it is our goal to have a more active role in our community through unique efforts in supporting local Wish children,” Nunies said.
On Friday, the HJA launched this local partnership by hosting a celebratory send-off for Honolulu Wish Kid Gabrielle, 16, battling cancer. HJA Member Hawaii Estate & Jewelry Buyers presented Gabrielle with a donated pair of platinum earrings featuring .50ct diamonds from The Diamond Guy, sending her off in style before her Saturday departure to England – a long-awaited wish trip after plans to travel sooner were postponed from a collapsed lung requiring surgery.
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