Staff Writer: Lauren Traufler
Are you “Powered by Love”? Wingate University’s Alpha Xi Delta chapter is, and members will be volunteering at the Greater Charlotte Walk for Autism on October 26.
This event is the world’s largest autism fundraising event and is dedicated to improving the lives of those with autism.
Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks have been national partners since 2009. With this partnership, Alpha Xi Delta has helped raise funds and understanding and acceptance for those affected by autism. Since then, the sorority has raised over $10,000,000.
Emily Brown, Alpha Xi Delta’s Philanthropy Vice President, is proud that her sisters are able to take part in this fundraiser for their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks.
“Our sisters get to interact and encourage the participants in the Walk and realize how important it is, and that is so much bigger than just a sorority philanthropy,” said Brown.
The goal of the Walk, according to Autism Speaks Incorporated, is for the funds raised by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters to help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead “their best lives.”
They also say that the commitment of those who raise funds is critical in the funding that is needed to fuel the innovative research.
“I think it’s important because it puts faces towards all of our efforts. We get to see the families that are benefiting from Autism research and how beautiful all of the members of the Autism Speaks community are, inside and outside,” said Brown.
To be “Powered by Love” and to support this event or learn more about Autism Speaks, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.