By Jija Dutt
Early morning on Sat., Oct. 5, brothers of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), along with other students and members of the Delaware community participated in a 5k to raise money for charity.
Approximately 60 people participated and $450 was raised for Andrews House, a community services center in Delaware.
The run, (and walk) started from the Selby Field on South Henry Street, located on the east side of campus.
“This was a one mile walk and a 5k run”, said senior Saar Rajpuria, vice president and treasurer of Fiji. “It was our first (one), we are looking forward to making it a regular thing or maybe organizing our own marathon in the future.”
Junior Katherine Campbell said did not deter her from participating.
“I chose to participate because I hadn’t run a 5k in a long time and wanted to see how well I could still do it,” she said. “My favorite part of events such as these is the running and the feeling I get when I have finished (and) done well.”
Senior John Bieniek, president of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity said being a part of a close knit community like Delaware is one of the best parts of going to a small school like OWU.
“Philanthropy is most effective when it is done for local organizations that have an exact idea of the needs, ideas and opportunities for positive change in the community,” said Bieniek. “Additionally Greek organizations holding events for local groups (helps) strengthen the ties between the university and rest of the community which makes living here an even more pleasant experience.”
Rajpuria said that the main reason for choosing a local organization as philanthropy is “down right support.”
“(This way) we can help (our) community and make a difference around us,” he said.
The Fijis will also host a soccer tournament in December as another philanthropy event.