03 Apr Play For Education: Doing It For The Kids
As a social and service based organization, our fraternity strives to contribute as much as we can to the philanthropies we support. As brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter at the University of Alabama at Birmingham we support three different philanthropies: JDRF, Be The Match, and One Life At A Time. This last organization is near and dear to the hearts of the Alpha Iota Chapter because it was founded by one of our founders, Sagar Kaushik, and his family in 2012.
One Life At A Time is dedicated to providing women and children in rural parts of India with the tools and knowledge to practice safe healthcare while receiving an education in a safe environment. Every year, we host an event in the spring semester called Play for Education (PFE) to raise money for this organization and the women and children it supports. This event is a daylong affair where we set up carnival games on our campus green space and invite the whole campus, student and faculty, to come have fun and celebrate education while raising money for those less fortunate than us. We have been hosting this event for 5 years now, and we’re gearing up for our 6th annual one in the spring of 2018. On average, we’ve raised roughly $5,000 each year to put on this event and have only been increasing with time.
This event has received praise from the Birmingham community, local schools, our university, and multiple Greek organizations. The praise is great, don’t get us wrong, but what means the most to us is that all of our efforts and long nights have allowed One Life At A Time to start at least 3 different elementary schools and host several medical camps in rural parts of India in the past 4 years. The opportunity to give back to the cultural group we hail from and embody every day means the world to us, and nothing can replace that.
Murray Dean “Trea” Ladner III, Epsilon Class | Alpha Iota Chapter