June 10, 2015 –  HEMIC employees care about finding a cure for the nation’s leading cause of disability. This year, they raised over $11,000 in donations for the Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii, including participation in the “2015 Walk To Cure Arthritis”,  the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide signature event to raise funds and awareness.

Campaign coordinator, Margo Makanani, and a team of HEMIC volunteers were inspired to put a large dose of fun into their fund-raising. They organized a series of events from January through May that included a silent auction, an old-fashioned bake sale, a loco moco breakfast and more, to raise money for the charity.

“Arthritis can be a devastating condition. It affects people of all ages, impacting their opportunities, their livelihood and their quality of life,” said Marty Welch, HEMIC’s CEO and the current Chairman of the Board of The Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii. “I offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone at HEMIC who has supported the Arthritis Foundation this year. You and your families and friends who helped raise money for this important organization are helping to find a cure.”

Last November, Welch himself conducted a “Shaved-Ice Bucket Challenge” and raised over $2000 for Camp Mana’Olana, a camp for children with Juvenile Arthritis. “It’s an opportunity for keiki to spend time with other kids just like them, to learn more about their condition, but more importantly, to create lasting memories.” Watch the video

To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation, visit them online at www.arthritis.org/hawaii/

About HEMIC

HEMIC is the State of Hawaii’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, taking care of over 6,000 businesses and 75,000 workers across the Hawaiian Islands. Rated “A” for financial strength by AM Best, HEMIC is a mutual insurance company and has returned over $20 million in dividends to its policyholders. An expert in safety and loss prevention, HEMIC helps employers prevent workplace injuries as well as care for them. The company continues to expand its ability to serve the community with innovative products and services through its subsidiary, HIMI.

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