Community laces up for charity

March 31, 2010

by Kelly Belton

Local runners gathered at Lincoln Parish Park Saturday for Kappa Delta Sorority’s annual Shamrock Run.
Proceeds from the event support Kappa Delta’s philanthropies, the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America.

“We had a late start because there were still people registering,” said Morgan Broussard, Shamrock Race chair and a freshman biomedical engineering major. In fact, she said a woman camping with her family at the park saw what was going on and decided to run.

Broussard said more than 300 runners pre-registered and more than 40 registered Saturday morning.

“We do this run to benefit our philanthropies,” she said. “Prevent Child Abuse America is our national philanthropy, and Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home is in Ruston.”

Eighty percent of the proceeds went to Lincoln Methodist Children’s Home and 20 percent went to Prevent Child Abuse America.

Kappa Delta volunteers said the race was worth having to be at the park at 6 a.m. The girls stayed around until 10 a.m. for clean up.

“I think the sacrifice is small in comparison to what our philanthropies are doing,” said Amy Updegraff, a senior speech communication major.

She said time is just another way to give back.

“It’s a way we can benefit locally,” Updegraff said. “We can benefit Ruston and the nation in a positive way.”

Kappa Delta had numerous local sponsors, and they said they worked hard to make sure the word got out.

“We do a lot of public relations to get locals involved,” Updegraff said.

Runners heard their call and ran in either the 5K or one-mile race.

“I like to run, and I know it’s for a good cause,” said Ashley Allen, a counselor at Tech. “I just hoped to finish.”

After completing the 5K in 32 minutes, Allen expressed gratitude for a morning well-spent.

“It’s a great location and a great park,” she said. “It was a fun way to support these causes.”