Northeastern 5K Raises $3,000 for Child Abuse Awareness
Northeastern chapters Sigma Delta Tau and Alpha Delta Phi coordinate race in a philanthropic event.
They say a good deed never goes unnoticed. For two Greek organizations at Northeastern, that statement could not ring truer.
On Saturday morning, more than 150 people arrived at the Hatch Shell to run a 5K (3.1 miles), which raised more than $3,000 to raise awareness for child abuse. Most came in the day of the race.
The Northeastern chapter of Sigma Delta Tau has runs this event annually for the last two years; the first one held last year in Brighton.
Sigma Delta Tau President Dorothy Kaye was ecstatic to see such a large turnout for the race since she feels that the issue of child abuse doesn't gain the amount of attention it deserves.
"I'm a nursing major and it's something a lot of people ignore," Kaye said. "When you see the kids in the hospital its almost too late. People don't realize how many children are abused whether it's physically, emotionally or through neglect. By raising awareness we are accomplishing a lot."
Participants from all over Boston showed their support for the cause. It was a unique mixture of ages, backgrounds and communities melding together. Students from Boston University, Northeastern and MIT, as well as senior citizens, younger kids and everyone in between raced in good spirits to encourage a worthy cause.
Northeastern fraternity Alpha Delta Phi works hand in hand with Sigma Delta Tau in running the event. Their president, Brandon Anderson, feels that a 5K is the perfect combination of self-fulfillment and philanthropy to attract people to this event.
"It's a duel-motive," Anderson said. "You can run and get a personal best time and in the process, you're also contributing to a thing in society that really needs attention."
The route spanned from the Ebersol Fields, all the way to Route 2A on the Charles River Esplanade. The unpredictable weather of Boston in November took a break for the event; a cloudless sky, no wind, and 60 degrees made it perfect running whether, with most participants dressed in shorts and tee shirts.
Katie Schiffler, a Northeastern student, ran the 5K and feels that Sigma Delta Tau and Alpha Delta Phi are creating domino effect with their event. People will see how effective the event was, and will want to help out themselves, she said.
"Once you see a big group of college students, other local people will get involved too, since we're supposed to be the 'apathetic people' in society," Schiffler said. "So if we show up, it's something other people will be apt to."
This philanthropy event is not the only one that Sigma Dela Tau puts on. The sorority focuses a lot on children abuse awareness, but also does their own teaching in the classrooms and even cleans beaches. By raising $3,000, the 5K seemed to be one of the more successful events, in terms of donations.
More importantly, Kaye hopes that the event will not only inspire individuals to focus their attention on charitable causes, but also create an atmosphere within the community that encourages good deeds.
"Before Northeastern was a commuter school, but now that it's gotten bigger we're seeing a larger dedication to philanthropy events," Kaye said. "With the growing numbers we've seen a lot of progress with Northeastern becoming a community, and we're hoping it rubs off on the other communities around us."