College Students Support Local and National Child Abuse Prevention Work
After completely re-imagining their annual 5K fundraiser to be safe and socially distanced in 2021, the UNC-Chapel Hill Kappa Delta students happily welcomed runners back to campus for the 29th Shamrock ‘N’ Run on February 19, 2022. With over 900 registered runners, the energy on East Franklin Street for that cold, early morning was bright and eager to gather in support of a worthy cause.
Each year, a dedicated team of Kappa Deltas organizes the race with all proceeds benefiting CCFH and Prevent Child Abuse America. The students coordinate logistics, registration, donations, and promotion while balancing their undergraduate responsibilities because they share CCFH’s deep commitment to preventing child maltreatment. This year, the Kappa Deltas’ efforts raised an astounding $80,306 for CCFH, surpassing 2021’s record-breaking total of $50,327.
The Kappa Deltas planning this year’s efforts were motivated to lead by the desire to create access to trauma treatment and by the ability to make an impact in their local community. Having now raised over $450,000 to support children receiving trauma-informed, evidence-based mental healthcare in CCFH’s Urbaniak Clinic since 2013, the Kappa Deltas have indeed made a lasting impact on their youngest neighbors.
With encouraging signs, supportive words, and energetic music, the Kappa Deltas station themselves along the race route to cheer on runners year after year. With that same enthusiasm, the therapists and staff of CCFH give a tremendous thank you to the UNC Kappa Deltas for their dedication to creating healthy futures for children in our care!
Pictured above: CCFH staff ready to run (or walk!) the Shamrock 5K on February 19, 2022. Pictured below: Runners gathered at the starting line on Franklin Street; Kappa Deltas cheering runners on along the race route; the Kappa Delta house decked out in its Shamrock attire.