This Family Weekend, no one will want to miss Sunday’s Benefit Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast, at Trinity Church, 520 South Main St., will benefit the Heifer International Organization. Heifer International works to combat hunger and poverty worldwide by giving poor families in underdeveloped countries an animal (such as a cow or honey bees) and teaching them how to use that animal to improve their own nutrition as well as generate income through product sales (such as milk, cheese, or honey). The family is then encouraged to help other families by passing along the animal’s offspring.
“For a long time I have wanted to raise money for an ‘ark,’ which is $5,000 and helps improve the lives of 30 families around the world,” explains Ryan Kincaid ’11, the student organizer for the event. Over the summer, she sought advice from professors as to how to raise money on campus for this goal and learned that Professor of History Susanne McNally has been active with Heifer for years. “When I met with her and explained some of my ideas, she was elated!”
Kincaid and McNally agreed that a meal during Family Weekend would be an interesting way to involve a different part of the wider HWS community. Kincaid is enthusiastic about future fundraising and says “We are planning to do a number of other events throughout the year, including engaging faculty and staff in a variety of ways in order to reach the $5,000 goal. Overall, we are hoping to have many areas of campus represented in the volunteering and carrying out of all of the fundraisers so that it is a real campus-wide effort.”
Kincaid is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in education, is a member of the teacher certification program and cross country team, and has participated in Chorale, America Reads, Campus Greens, and Woodwind Ensemble. Through the teacher certification program, she tutors at West Street and St. Francis’/St. Stephen’s Elementary Schools.
The meal tickets will be $8. Tickets are available in the Library Atrium on Friday and Saturday at the door. It is assured that the meal will be an excellent, local and sustainable one. Additionally, people will be able to pick up bagged lunches for $5 to further benefit the organization.
For more Information on the Heifer Project / Heifer International visit the website: www.heifer.org