Adrian Rose Dill, vice president of community service, said, "We are planning multiple fundraisers in March that lead up to our Shamrock Event. The first is we are selling Pinwheels for Prevention in the Delta State University Union one dollar a piece on March 19 and 20 from 11-2 p.m. Dominos has offered to help out as well by donating a dollar a piece for each order that is placed on March 19 throughout the day and night. Kappa Delta is also planning a One Mile Campus-Wide Fun Run with the title, 'Shamrock N' Roll,' in which all participants will dress in 80's attire. The run is on March 20 at 8 p.m. at Delta State University's Intramural Track. We are also setting up in the Delta State Student Union again on March 26 and selling Hershey Kisses. The title will be: 'Every Kiss Begins With KD.' All such fundraisers lead up to our annual Shamrock 5K Event, which begins at the George B. Walker Natatorium Parking Lot at Delta State University and makes its way to Bear Pen Park and back."
The Shamrock 5K is March 29 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m.
Individual registration is $25, on site registration is $30, and Delta State students are $20. Checks need to be made payable to Kappa Delta Sorority.
A unique and added event to the 5K will be a balloon release in honor of Shelby Harmon, who lost her life to domestic abuse.
Each balloon is $1.
"Haley Griffin, a sophomore in Kappa Delta, was a very close friend of Shelby's. She participates in color runs for Shelby, and she is so very honored that one of her best friends will be recognized and admired at the balloon ceremony, 'Balloons for Shelby,' before the race begins," explained Dill.
All of the proceeds for the event will go to Prevent Child Abuse America whose mission is to "prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children" and includes all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional or peer-peer abuse."
Dill said there is a good amount of interest in the events and the especially in the 5K.
"As of right now, I have many that are interested. I have set up a group on Facebook, and many people from the area want to run. I have not received any Pre-Registration Forms as of right now; however, I am sure I will begin receiving many when I return to school from Spring Break," she said.
When asked why the event is referred to as a "shamrock" event, Dill had a simple explanation and said, "The purpose of Kappa Delta Sorority's Shamrock Event is to raise money for the eradication of child abuse in the community and worldwide. The event is known as a 'Shamrock' Event because typically, Kappa Delta hosts the event around St. Patrick's Day. However, many schools are now hosting their Shamrock Events in the winter. Originally, Kappa Delta began their philanthropic events around St. Patrick's Day."
Dill expressed her excitement about the event and Kappa Delta's philanthropies in general by saying, "Kappa Delta Sorority's philanthropy involves our annual Shamrock Event as well as Girl Scouts of the United States of America. We Kappa Delta's at Delta State also contribute a lot of community service work. I love our philanthropy because Kappa Delta Sorority was founded upon confidence. Our duty in Kappa Delta Sorority is to promote confidence to girls of all ages. With our philanthropies, we promote confidence in Girl Scouts as well as the confidence a child receives with the eradication of abuse."
Those who choose to donate rather than participate in the run can make checks payable to "Kappa Delta Sorority," and mail to Adrian Dill at 1003 West Sunflower Road. DSU Box 465. Cleveland, MS 38733.
For more information about the event visit the Facebook page, "Kappa Delta Sorority's Shamrock N' Run at Delta State University."