Over $14,000 Donated To American Red Cross For Earthquake And
Hawaiian Airlines members of the Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l. (ALPA) have donated $14,500 to assist victims of
earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan. Individual pilots
donated $9,500, with ALPA’s Hawaiian Airlines Master
Executive Council (MEC) donating an additional $5,000. HAL Capt.
Rick Baldwin of Honolulu presented the contribution to the Hawaii
State Chapter of the American Red Cross.
(L-R) Coralie Matayoshi,Red Cross, HAL Capt. Rick
“Most of us at Hawaiian Airlines have some sort of link to
Japan, whether by marriage, work or just by the incredible Japanese
presence amongst the people and culture here in Hawaii,” said
Baldwin, who organized the fundraising effort in just two weeks.
“We all wanted to do something to help out, not only
financially but to let the people who are suffering in Japan know
that Hawaiian pilots are thinking of them and want to
The donation is the latest charitable outreach by the pilot
group’s newly-organized Community Affairs Committee, created
last year to perform community service and humanitarian work in the
Islands and elsewhere in Asia. In recent years the Hawaiian pilots
have donated volunteer time, cash, gifts and other items to
orphanages, food pantries, homeless shelters, elementary schools,
cancer charities, children’s hospitals, Habitat for Humanity
and the Red Cross, including a $15,000 donation in 2009 for typhoon
victims in the Philippines and Indonesia.
“As residents of the unstable ‘Ring of Fire’
in the Pacific, we know earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons are a
constant threat,” Baldwin said. “I have always been
proud to be a Hawaiian Airlines pilot, but today I feel a special
pride and gratitude for the way Hawaiian pilots and our MEC are
always ready to step up and help, whether in response to a natural
disaster or just to improve ordinary life here in