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7 Mar
The College of New Jersey Circle K International Club Sports Purple for Prematurity Awareness

The College of New Jersey Circle K International Club Sports Purple for Prematurity Awareness

The College of New Jersey’s Circle K club has made a year-round commitment to volunteer for the March of Dimes, and they are leading the way for healthy babies!

In November, the Circle K was hard at work during Prematurity Awareness month to advocate, educate, and fundraise for the March of Dimes. The Circle K International March of Dimes Ambassador, Danielle Sammut, with the help of a club member, was able to get the college to light up Alumni Grove in purple, in support of March of Dimes. Club members spread the message about premature birth.

On World Prematurity Day, November 17, the club had a March of Dimes table set up in the STUD. They sold Prematurity Awareness bracelets and pumpkin cut outs, and had many brochures available to educate the campus.

Katherine Loore, the March of Dimes Committee Chairperson for TCNJ Circle K truly enjoyed her experience on this day: “World Prematurity Day was such an amazing experience, especially since it was my first time being actively involved. I wore purple, asked family and friends to wear purple, changed my Facebook picture, updated my status, and wrote letters to mothers of premature babies. I believe I have never ever been this excited about supporting a cause for March of Dimes. I know that by raising awareness and sharing knowledge about the problems mothers and babies face, March of Dimes with the support of others will help moms reach full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

The positive energy towards spreading awareness continued into the night with a Late Night Servce hosted by TCNJ’s club, which gathered students from all different organizations. A March of Dimes service table was set up where students wrote letters to mothers of premature babies. It sparked great conversation about the cause and made people outside the club happy that they could make an impact on premature birth.

This is only the beginning of TCNJ’s efforts to help fight for stronger, healthier babies. Katherine Loor has plans to continue her efforts as TCNJ’s March of Dimes chair, “I would really love to have an event for preemies and the community to enjoy a day of fun activities while learning about the mission of March of Dimes and what they can do to help.”

Now, they have organized a team for the March for Babies walk in April. They have some great ideas coming up, building off of a successful November campaign, including participating in a dorm storm to educate dorm residents about the March of Dimes and invite them to walk and donate to March for Babies; and hosting an ice-cream social/card making night to promote March for Babies!

What is your team doing this month to fundraise for March for Babies?

30 Mar

March for Babies, Campus Style

Posted by Volunteers
Hip Hop Performers at KnightWalk

Hip Hop Performers at KnightWalk

Across the country, college students are doing their own March for Babies events on campus to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes. These dedicated student leaders spend countless hours finding sponsors, donors, teams, water, food, tents and more to make a fun and successful event because they know the end result is so worth it – reaching the day when every baby is born healthy.

For University of Central Florida student and March of Dimes intern Julia, it is all about making UCF a “Champion for Babies” and raising the bar each year on their campus event, KnightWalk. Led by the UCF March of Dimes Collegiate Council, the event is set to surpass its $10,000 goal – go Knights!

To up the excitement factor, UCF added “Field Day for Babies” to the mix this year and had students competing in tug-of-war and potato sack races at the halfway point. Not only did they spice up the walk route, but they had hip-hop performers entertain the crowd before the walk started and UCF Group Exercise instructors lead everyone in the warm-up stretches! President of UCF John Hitt along with other community leaders spoke at the event, and a local Ambassador Family brought the mission home to all who attended.

I also asked Chloe, a sophomore at the University of Virginia who is gearing up for the first ever UVA March for Babies, what her event was all about and she shared: “As a national youth representative of the March of Dimes National Youth Council, I along with the members of the Tau Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are currently in the midst of planning for the 1st Annual UVA March for Babies at UVa on April 18, 2009.  I have received tremendous support thus far from my peers including those in the Second-Year Council and local vendors as sponsors of the event, along with Greek and non-Greek organizations on campus.” They’ve set a goal of over 100 walkers for this first year and I know they’ll make it.

Holding an event on your campus? Interested in learning more? Leave us some love and let us know about your event!

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