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UH Hilo student wins national contest


A University of Hawaii at Hilo student is the winner of the nationwide Sodexo University Dining Services “Share That U Care” contest.

Cody Fred

Cody Fred

The promotion encouraged students to spread the word about their favorite charities and to help to make a difference through charitable contributions.

Cody Fred, a sophomore majoring in computer science, was selected from thousands of contestants. He chose the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kurtistown as his charity because of his love for animals and his support of the humane mission of the organization.

The Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the well being of Hawaii’s unwanted, abandoned, abused or otherwise neglected animals, especially companion animals.

Fred volunteered at the sanctuary while a high school student at the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“We are a no-kill sanctuary whose goal is to help alleviate the animal abandonment and overpopulation issues facing our island,” Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary founder Mary Rose Krijgsman said. “We take in any dog and cat that needs new homes and adopt them to loving families. If the animals are not adopted, they have a permanent home at our sanctuary.”

Fred was honored Dec. 4 at an awards ceremony in the UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room. A representative from the Rainbow Friends was present to accept the donation of $2,500 on behalf of Fred and Sodexo Campus Services.

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