KKG holds Walks for the Kure
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 13:09
The Kappa Kappa Gamma Walks For the Kure is going to be held this Sunday, Sept. 29. The campus-wide event is going to start at 11:30 a.m. It is open to all UConn students for $5, non-students for $10, and organizations for $50.
The preparation for this event took about a month. However, during the summer is when the ideas of how the event will run happened. It will be run through the Philanthropy Chair, Taylor Whiting, as well as the rest of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
This is Kappa Kappa Gamma’s main event for the year. They involve their families, friends, as well as other sororities and fraternities. The money raised is going toward breast cancer.
“Give [people] the change to all the philanthropy Kappa is involved with right off the bat,” said Kathleen Barada, president of the UConn Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter.
They are expecting a big turn to this event, 300 or so people, walking to help people with breast cancer.
“It is something that obviously affects so many people, most of us know someone that is affected by, it is just so important and it is such a prominent thing in our society and it affects so many people,” said Amanda Edison, KKG member.
The walk is during Parents Weekend to encourage not only family members of Greek members to go but also for UConn parents in general.
“All of our parents are invited, all our families, and as much of the UConn student body to come as possible. It’s open to everyone. We have alumni coming as well. We reach out to any Kappa that can come,” said Whiting.
This event demonstrates the philanthropy of KKG. Every Pan-Hellenic sorority and fraternity has a main focus for their philanthropy.
“Breast cancer awareness is our chapter’s philanthropy. We have chosen breast cancer because it is close to everyone’s hearts. It is so great to be able to support something like that,” Whiting said.
During the walk, the whole sorority is involved in directing people as well as gathering donations from people either supporting people that are walking or just because they would like to do it for the cause.
“Sisters [will be] stationed all around the route collecting money [from people]” Edison said.
The main reason they choose this weekend is to show UConn who they are.
“Another reason we like having it [on Parents Weekend] it really shows the entire UConn community what Greek life is doing to give back, and specifically what Kappa is doing to give back,” Barada said.
The event is raising money for breast cancer to two separate places, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Make Strides.
“Make Strides is a walk in Hartford that is occurring Oct. 20 for a sister Delta Gamma mom in support of fighting against breast cancer. So a portion of the money will go toward that,” Barada said.