This year, Chaminade Julienne’s service club known as Key Club, is delighted to support a project spearheaded by UNIFAT known as Unified for Uganda (U4U). The organization provides education for African children in underdeveloped and impoverished areas through sponsorship and scholarship, mentoring services, construction improvements, and technological advancements
“We are supporting this project because it encourages our community to pay attention to what’s happening in our world and it offers Key Club members opportunities to share their time, treasures, and talents,” said Susan Eichenauer, guidance counselor and club moderator.
Junior Grace Saunders who serves as the Key Club’s president initiated conversations and got this project underway, Eichenauer said. The official kickoff for the Ugandan help efforts begins with an awareness event Friday, Sept. 27 during homeroom periods. Two African spokespeople will present to the student body and provide more details about the service project as well as answer any questions.
Charity efforts will lead up to Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 11-12 as Key Club members work to promote the dance as a “flower free” event, meaning that students will be asked to refrain from purchasing flowers for their dates and instead donate a contribution to a scholarship fund that will benefit three sponsored students: two high school boys and one female. All those who donate $2 or more will receive a U4U wristband.
“I pray that our efforts will empower students in Africa to dream and that our efforts will protect them from the realities with which they are living,” Eichenauer said. In addition, a portion of the monies collected will also be donated to one of the Marianist missions in Africa.
Key Club encourages students and community members to support the cause by taking part in prayer and reflection, seeking out more information about the Marianist and Notre Dame missions around the world, and becoming an active participant in the U4U movement.
For more information, visit www.unifiedforunifat.com or come to the next club meeting Oct. 7.