This summer, drivers who are filling up their tanks can also help fuel the dreams of local athletes.
From July 2 through August 5, motorists can make a donation at any participating Tesoro2Go location statewide as a part of the 9th annual Fueling Dreams campaign, held by Tesoro and parent company Hawaii Independent Energy.
All donations will go to Special Olympics Hawaii to support athletes as they compete on state, national and international levels. The money raised helps to cover various expenses, from travel and lodging, equipment and awards.
“We’ve been a part of the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Summer Games for many years now and it’s a great feeling to be able to see the smiling faces of not only the athletes, but also the volunteers that give so much of their time and support of Special Olympics Hawaii,” said Eric Lee, general manager, Hawaii Independent Energy.
To date, Fueling Dreams has raised $416,000 over the past eight years. This year, the company hopes to reach the $450,000 mark.
“All of our athletes that compete and train in Special Olympics Hawaii do so for free, so without their support, without the donations that they help us raise, it would be extremely difficult to provide those things for free to our athletes,” said Tracey Bender, Project Unify coordinator.
Twelve athletes just returned from the Special Olympics 2014 USA National Games in New Jersey, bringing back an impressive collection of medals: 12 gold, 10 silver and three bronze.
“It’s so rewarding to see our athletes succeed and be champions on and off the playing field,” Bender said. “It’s what Special Olympics is all about and our partners as well.”
Twenty-eight participating stations on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui will be accepting donations, including:
Oahu: Dillingham, Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai, Kalihi Valley, Kalihi/Kamehameha, Kapahulu, Kapolei, King/Cooke, King/Kalakaua, Lualualei, Mililani Mauka, Mililani Town Center, Palama, Pearl City, Salt Lake, Waianae, Waipahu Town Center, Waipahu, Waipio.
Hawaii Island: Hilo Bayfront, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko Palms Kona, Kealakekua, Queen Kaahumanu.
Maui: Fairgrounds Kahului, Kahului, Kihei, Piilani.