Kappa Delta sorority at Auburn University will kick off their 23rd annual Shamrock 5k Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The run will loop around Auburn’s campus, beginning and ending at Farmhouse Fraternity.
The Sigma Lambda chapter of Kappa Delta at Auburn University has dedicated its philanthropic mission to helping children in need. All proceeds from the annual run go directly toward the prevention of child abuse both locally and nationally. (Photo, Left: Kappa Delta sorority members at last year’s Shamrock 5k. Provided by: Anna Rogers)
This year’s proceeds will be sent locally to Special Deliveries of Lee County and nationally to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).
Olivia Whatley, Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Chairman and Vice President of Community Service, has been working with a committee of four members, known as the Shamrock Committee, every day for the past six weeks to coordinate the upcoming event.
“Each member of the Shamrock Committee has a specific area that they are in charge of whether that be sponsorships, food, registration, or campus public relations,” said Whatley. “Our chapter’s vice president of public relations also helps with newspaper, radio and television advertisements.”
In years past, Kappa Delta has been able to raise nearly $30,000 through the event, which they then directly give to local and national charities devoted to helping disadvantaged children. (Photo,Right: Kappa Delta sorority members working with the local news to present their event. Provided by: Anna Rogers)
“We do not have a set fundraising goal each year,” Whatley said. “We just aim to work harder than we did the year before and raise as much money as possible.”
Anna Rogers, senior at Auburn University and Kappa Delta sorority member, says community involvement with the Shamrock 5k Run has become one of her favorite aspects of the annual event.
“My favorite part about the Shamrock run is seeing how excited Auburn’s community is to get involved with our philanthropy,” Rogers said. “It’s amazing to watch community members come out and support a cause that Kappa Delta is so passionate about.”
Auburn University student, Meredith O’Brien, is excited to run in the 5k run this year.
“I have never participated in a 5k race and am so excited that my very first one benefits such a worthy cause,” O’Brien said.
Auburn University collegians and Auburn/Opelika community members that plan to participate in the run can register and pick up their runner’s packet, which includes a t-shirt, in Willow Hall in the Village on Friday, February 19 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. or on Saturday, February 20 from 6:45 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. at the corner of W. Thach and Wire Road. Awards will be given, following the 5k run, to the top male and female finishers. (Photo, Left: Kappa Delta Sorority Members with their chapter advisor. Provided by: Anna Rogers)
For further questions regarding the race or to make monetary donations, please contact Olivia Whatley at firstname.lastname@example.org