William Woods University faculty, staff and students recently raised $760 for Heifer International, which will buy livestock for families in a third-world country. The money raised will purchase one heifer, one goat, three rabbits, two flocks of chickens and two flocks of ducks.
The Heifer Challenge was organized by the Residential Life community advisors and staff and was a project of the philanthropy committee. The challenge was that the losing team would dress as cows and appear in Tucker Dining Hall during lunch the final day of the fundraiser.
“It was truly an honor to be able to work with the community advisors to put together a fundraiser for a great cause,” LeaAnn Knaebel, area coordinator of residential life, said. “Seeing the way the students and the faculty/staff got involved with the effort was very encouraging.”
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities in developing countries to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth by giving families a hand-up, not a hand-out.
With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. Animals provided are “living loans” –in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of their animal’s offspring to another family in need.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way the final day of fundraising went,” Knaebel said. “The students had a clear lead, but, after going around to offices and asking faculty/staff members directly for funds to support Heifer International, they stepped up and really showed their willingness to support the cause.”
She added, “I was proud of the work the team put into making the Heifer Challenge a success on campus. Everyone came together to help make it a fun and beneficial fundraiser.”
CUTLINE: Venita Mitchell, dean of student life; Terry Martin, professor of art, and Cheree Meeks, director of career services and student transition, dress as cows to support the Heifer Challenge at William Woods University.