Dekes Blogger here just letting you know what we’ve been up to in the community lately!
First up we have the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (U.N. GIFT). A number of our brothers generously donated several hours from April 13-17 raising Awareness, Education, and Empowerment in the fight against Human Trafficking. We’ve uploaded some pictures from the week-long event, held at University Crossing, University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Over the course of the week, we helped raise awareness to a number of statistics that were dumbfounding and shocking. At least 21 MILLION people are trafficked, as well as the shocking news that 68% of that trafficking is labor based. 6 MILLION children are forced into slavery due to human trafficking as well. I’m down-right appalled and shocked at all of this.
Over the course of the week, we also worked on getting a petition signed for Congress to pass a bill that helps protect the victims of trafficking instead of prosecuting and deporting them for illegal activities. I feel like we did a lot of good work over the course of the week,a nd hope we can stay involved in the fight against human trafficking in the future.
Following that up, we have the Relay for life. All teams raised over $32,000 for the American Cancer Society. Delta Kappa Phi had a strong showing at the Relay for life. We had over twenty brothers attend the event that cumulatively raised over $1,200. Brothers were actively participating in each of the activities that were available, and one team actually won the friendly dodgeball tournament that was held.