Running for a Cause
As the sound of birds chirping filled the air and the sun shone brightly across the campus, runners gathered together in anticipation of the challenge they were all about to collectively face. Following the countdown, participants took off on the campus-wide run.
On Sunday, April 2, the Andrews University student chapter of Engineering Without Borders (EWB) held the Solar Run 5k to fundraise money to provide lighting for a school and clinic in Madagascar.
Professors, students, and individuals from the community showed up to run for the cause and to get a healthy start on their Sunday.
“There was a great turnout and the project was a success,” said Greg Zdor (junior, electrical engineering), Vice-President of the EWB Andrews Chapter.
Runners were met with clapping and cheering at the finish line, and each participant received a Solar Run 5K T-shirt for their contributions.
“The Solar Run 5k was an exciting event to participate in this spring. It was great to see all the people come out and support the Andrews Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the project in Madagascar,” said Taylor Coleman (junior, mechanical engineering), who, as a leader of the project the event was fundraising for, volunteered to direct runners on the turns for the event. “It is always a great thing when a community come together to support a mission. Hopefully we see more events like this in the near future.”
Coincidentally enough, the AU Psychology Club, Andrews Filipino International Association (AFIA), The Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology have organized their own 5K run/walk, which will be taking place Sunday, April 16.
This event will function as a fundraiser for the Autism Speaks foundation. As outlined in the event proposal, the purpose of the event is to build community, promote health for students and community members, and to bring autism awareness.
“April is Autism Awareness Month, so naturally we wanted to selected an organization that raises a cause for autism,” said Carlyle Tagalog (junior, psychology), who is a member of AFIA and treasurer for the AU Psychology Club. “Additionally, the AU Psychology Club aims to raise awareness for these types of issues and raise a community that is woke and can unite for such causes. So we thought doing an event like this can be that step—whether it be a big or small step—towards this goal.”