Students Raise Funds for Meaningful Causes

North PArk University Women's Basketball Team

CHICAGO (February 17, 2010) – North Park University students, faculty, and staff recently contributed $10,000 to benefit relief work in Haiti. More than half of that total was collected during a special chapel service on January 27. By the following week, more than $9,000 had poured in, and that number continued to climb.

“Students heard the cry of those in need and opened their hearts and bank accounts to meet that need,” said campus pastor Judy Peterson.

One student had stayed in Chicago over Christmas break to save money for a new laptop and felt God prompting her to give it to the offering instead, Peterson noted. Another took $1,000 from savings to contribute, and still others gave the money they had for food that week.

Peterson added, “I am always amazed and constantly encouraged by the generosity of the North Park community. It consistently goes above and beyond, and I couldn't be more thankful that these are my brothers and sisters in Christ.”

The funds will be distributed through Covenant World Relief, a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church with a 60-year-history of providing relief, rehabilitation, and transformational development.

This weekend the North Park women’s basketball team will be raising funds for another significant cause—the fight against breast cancer. The team, along with the Women's Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA), will show its support at its final home game on February 20 against Illinois Wesleyan University at 5 p.m.

The Vikings will be wearing pink warm-up shirts and wristbands during pre-game, and pink shirts will be sold for $5 to help support the Kay Yow Fund for the fight against breast cancer.

Yow served as the women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University for 38 years. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away from the disease on January 24, 2009. She was one of only six Division I coaches to achieve 700 career victories.

The North Park community is encouraged to come support the Vikings this Saturday, and those interested in donating can contact North Park women’s basketball head coach Amanda Reese.