April 8, 2015
This is the 10th year that West Chester University Honors College students have organized a community fair to support children affected by HIV-AIDS in South Africa, which has the highest AIDS prevalence of any country in the world. More than 140 WCU students have traveled there on one of the regular Honors College service learning trips and seen firsthand both the tragedy and hope at South African schools and orphanages.
This year's Aid to South Africa fair will be held Sunday, April 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hollinger Field House. The fundraiser, which is the Honors students’ annual keystone philanthropic event, is open to the community.
For the first time, Aid to South Africa includes a 5K race, as well as the annual soccer tournament. Live bands and performances from the University’s a cappella groups will entertain fair-goers. The entertainment also includes the student radio station WCUR, food, carnival games and raffle prizes.
The event has raised more than $70,000 for the South African organizations that West Chester students, faculty and staff visited and volunteered for during biennial research/service trips: H.E.L.P. Ministries Soup Kitchen, which provides a hot meal for 6,000 school children daily; Nkosi's Haven for HIV/AIDS orphans as well as impoverished HIV-positive mothers and their children; Sparrow Village Orphanage, where all the children have AIDS; and Mosaic, which supports a sustainable orphan-care model and skills training for foster families. These organizations support some of South Africa’s three million children who have been orphaned due to AIDS.
As a student-organized event, Aid to South Africa involves most of the 60+ students in the Honors College, who both plan and participate. Connect with the organizers on Facebook.