Charity Event Close to Home for Classrooms Far Away

by Tiffany Van Volkinburg

An unfinished school in Turalei, Sudan needs some help, and Simpson College’s Amnesty International Club is answering the call.

A charity basketball tournament was held in Hopper Gymnasium on Nov. 21 to be a part of a global movement to end the abuse of human rights. According to Danielle Pringle, senior and member of Amnesty International Club, the basketball tournament would raise money to help the school in Sudan.

“The school still needs two more classrooms to accommodate their large student body, as well as a kitchen to feed the children during school hours,” Pringle said.

According to the Sudan Sunrise website, the Sudan Sunrise is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that is made up of American and Sudanese Christians and Muslims. Members work “to achieve reconciliation, lasting peace and the end of oppression in Sudan.”

The tournament turned out five teams of participants: The #1’s (a group of guys who formed a team), the Environmental Awareness Club, Lambda Chi Alpha, and two teams from the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). Running two games simultaneously on the short length of the basketball court, each team was given the opportunity to play twice. After each team completed its two games, the winner of the tournament was decided.

Freshman Mitchell Hill was a member of the basketball team, the #1’s, and said he had a good time while raising money for a noble cause.

“It was successful because it was all for fun, and we all had fun,” Hill said. “It gave us a break from all the homework we have to do.”

Although ATO2 stole the victory for this event, winning a donated $80 gift card to the Pizza Ranch, the other participants did not hold grudges.

“I do think it was successful because it was fun and we were able to raise a lot of money for a good cause” junior Donavan Bennett, another participant of the basketball tournament said.

Overall, the event was a great success.

“The most satisfying thing about doing this fundraiser is knowing the money will go towards the completion of a school building in Turalei, Sudan to support a large student body, where children can learn year-round, and be supplied with clean drinking water and food during the day,” Pringle said.

If interested in participating in the many events Amnesty International Club participates in, the club meets every Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Mary Berry 111.