Fraternity to host Children's Miracle Walk
by Courtney Warren
Nov 15, 2013 | 991 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lace up those sneakers and stretch out those quads, it’s time to walk for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon MS Delta Sigma chapter is hosting a Children’s Miracle Walk on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.

The event will take place at the DSU Fitness Trail and Intramural Fields.

In case of inclement weather the event will move to Wyatt Gym at Delta State.

There will be a raffle for a $50 gas card and tickets are $5 each, this also serves as a meal ticket and includes a hamburger, hotdog, or pizza lunch.

“We’re really excited to host this event for the Children’s Miracle Network. We have high expectations and we hope to raise a lot of money for the cause. We want to benefit children that need it most,” said Kenneth Thomas, the new pledge class vice president.

The chapter has several sponsors including Family Medical Clinic, as well as individual sponsors.

For every mile that is walked, those sponsors will be donating a specific amount.

They also welcome individual donations separate from the walk.

According to their website, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local children.

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity adopted Children’s Miracle Network as their official philanthropy in 2001.

The MS Delta Sigma chapter focused their efforts last year on getting their charter in place at the university, and now that they have recently celebrated one year as the DSU chapter, the men hope to focus their efforts towards an important cause—their philanthropy.

“This is really the first opportunity we’ve had to really pursue this. It’s the first of many to come,” said Robert Barnes, current pledge class president.

The 2013 pledge class has worked on several projects and this walk will be their third.

“We figured this is something that would really benefit others and the chapter. It’s a great project to kick start our work with Children’s Miracle Network,” said Barnes.

Barnes looks forward to seeing how many people will come out to participate in the walk and believes that each mile can make a difference.

“They’ll come out and we’ll get their name, how many miles they walk, and then we’ll add up the total. Every mile counts.

“Even if someone can’t buy a meal ticket and they can’t sponsor or donate, coming out and walking miles is still incredibly helpful,” he said.

Since Sigma Alpha Epsilon partnered with Children’s Miracle Network, all of the chapters in the nation have raised more than $800,000.

The MS Delta Sigma chapter is excited to be able to begin their contributions.

“This event will really help us for the future and we have really big plans for that future,” said Barnes.

The chapter has set several philanthropy goals to meet in order to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Barnes is hopeful that the walk will give the chapter a running start.

For more information about the Children’s Miracle Walk call Barnes at 662-288-9150.