Ka’u Coffee Trail Run A Success

By Yvette Slagle, Communications Coordinator

On Saturday, September 20th, 28 Pacific Quest employees participated in the Ka’u Coffee Trail Run–The Southernmost Coffee Trail Run in the USA!  The goal of this event was to help raise money for the economically depressed community, via the non-profit organization O Ka’u Kakou.  O Ka’u Kakou’s mission is to “support and promote a healthy community through educational, cultural, and economic development opportunities that improve the quality of life in rural Ka‘ū.”  All funds raised went to O Ka’u Kakou to help them better serve the community and become more self-sustaining as well as to promote Ka’u coffee and to promote Ka’u as an international tourist destination.

Staff members registered for either the 5K, 10K or half marathon.  Students and staff also offered their support by assisting at water stations along the way.  Pacific Quest’s Operations Director, Martha Bouchard, who ran the 10K, comments, “What a great day and what a great run! So much fun to participate together, and what a challenging course. It was a joy to see the camaraderie and show our support for the community. We donated $1000 to an important Ka’u organization via our active efforts and had a great time while we were at it.”

Pacific Quest Therapist, Mike Sullivan, who ran the half marathon adds,”The Kau Trail Run was a fantastic event!  It was great to be in the presence of so many amazing co-workers and the Kau community at large…I look forward to next years race (even if the course is brutally difficult again!).”

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!  Go Team PQ!