Saturday, January 30, 2010

OWU Sig Eps Raise Funds for Haiti Relief

Students rally to help Haitians
With belly flops, tae kwon do, kids of all ages pitch in
DELAWARE, Ohio -- The daily images and news out of Haiti are inspiring central Ohioans to jump in and get involved -- even if that means going face first.

Frank Weschler and his fraternity brothers in Ohio Wesleyan University's Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter are putting the finishing touches on a Feb. 6 fundraiser for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake. It's called "Belly Flop for Haitian Relief."

"Believe it or not, there is a proper technique to this," said Weschler, 21, a junior theater major. "You want your whole body and face to remain parallel to the water throughout the air."

Weschler is a two-time belly-flopping-for-charitable-contributions champion at Loyola Academy, his Wilmette, Ill., high school. He pitched the idea to his fraternity brothers, and now they're preparing for a campuswide competition at the university's pool.

"I didn't say it doesn't hurt less to do it this way," Weschler said. "But it does make for a bigger splash and, besides, what we say is we're hurting a little so they can hurt less."

Easing that suffering has become a goal for many area students from grade school through college, with penny-collection drives and dress-down-pass sales leading the way.

Powered By Blogger