Marysol Guzman |Staff Writer|
Kappa Delta will hold their third annual Shamrock 5K walk/run March 9 in front of the Pfau Library to raise awareness of child abuse.
Kappa Delta does this charitable run to raise money and awareness for Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), a national prevention awareness campaign geared towards educating local communities about child abuse, and the Child Help facility, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Raymond Aguirre, a third time runner, said the cause was motivation itself to participate.
“I work with kids and, unfortunately, I see first hand when abuse in the household takes place,” said Aguirre. “This is why this [cause] is so important to me and why I return every year to do the race, because of the fact that this organization could possibly be helping one of my students.”
Vice President of Community Service for Kappa Delta, Myra Gutierrez, mentioned that 20 percent of the money raised will go to PCAA and 80 percent will go to the facility of Child Help.
The facility of Child Help facilitates children who are taken away from their parents because of history of physical and emotional abuse in their homes.
Gutierrez stressed the importance of her sorority’s philanthropy.
“Approximately 80 percent of children who die from child abuse are under the age of four,” said Gutierrez. “This is why it is so important to raise awareness.”
Last year, Kappa Delta was able to raise approximately $15,000 which helped fund Child Help with new beds for the children who lived at the facility.
Gutierrez stated that Kappa Delta’s goal is to raise $20,000 in this year’s upcoming run and that the event is open to all members of the community.
“We encourage [everyone] to come out and help us, especially CSUSB students,” said Gutierrez.
For more information visit csusb.kappadelta.org and follow the registration link at the bottom.