Law enforcement, athletes raise money for Special Olympics

Erin Tait
Erin Tait
Patricia Doronila
Patricia Doronila

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HAWAII KAI (KHNL) - For three days and two nights, county police, state sheriffs and military officers will be high above Safeway stores across Hawaii asking for donations. They're roughing it to raise money for Special Olympics Hawaii.

Honolulu police officer Patricia Doronila and her partner are on a mission.

"Hi, ma'am," she called out. "You want to help support Special Olympics?"

They'll be up here until Saturday afternoon, working to raise $15,000.

"After living up here for three days, I'm sure you can imagine," Doronila said. "No shower, it gets a little smelly."

But it's for a good cause. The money will help Special Olympics Hawaii provide year-round sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

Doronila is also a volunteer coach.

"I went out and tried the very first time with bocce ball," she said. "And I made good friends, and I saw how excited they get about getting to compete and how important it is to them."

Erin Tait, 34, enjoys playing basketball and softball.

"Thank you, maam," he said to a contributer. "You have a nice day."

He's been a Special Olympics athlete for 17 years.

"I love to compete with everybody, get to know everybody from other islands," he said.

Tait is determined to collect a lot of cash for the organization he loves.

"Sometimes it's hard when they say no," he said. "I gotta keep trying."

Law enforcement officers are doing their best to keep Erin's Olympic dreams alive.

"It just makes me feel good knowing that I'm making them happy," Doronila said. "You know, I'm doing my little part to help such a big organization."

The statewide Cop on Top goal is $250,000.