By Patrick Healey
Sometimes school projects are a little extra special, and that seems to be the case for the project that Morgan Alch ’17 and Briana Di Prizio ’17 are leading. They are focusing on bringing awareness to an important charity of their choice, and in turn making positive and lasting changes in the lives of others. This is all part of their global studies capstone project, in which the assignment is to team with a charity of their choice and then aid in promoting the idea further. The two students have chosen a Rhode Island non-profit, titled “Honey for Haiti,” founded and currently being run by two PC students.
When asked why they chose Honey for Haiti for their capstone project, Alch ’17 said, “I have gone to previous fundraisers that Nick has held, and seeing his passion for the charity really inspired me and I wanted to help.”
Di Prizio ’17 agreed with Alch’s statement, adding, “I honestly think Nick’s work is remarkable and wanted to gain more funding and in turn help the children in the orphanage.”
The event that Alch and Di Prizio have organized will take place on April 30 in ’64 Hall from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and will feature a Skype call with the founders of the orphanage. The call will give donors a better understanding of the children’s situations and allow students and faculty to see exactly where their money is going and how it will help.
In addition, Dr. Phillip Chan, a Brown University professor specializing in infectious diseases, will be speaking about HIV/AIDS and the current research being done for improved treatment, as well as the stigma that surrounds the disease.
The fundraiser will be catered by Milestone Kitchen and feature live music by Jesus Maldonado ’17. There will also be a raffle at the event, with prizes ranging from restaurant gift cards to a pair of Red Sox tickets.
Entrance will be $5 with a suggested additional donation of $3 but, of course, any and all donations are appreciated.
Alch and Di Prizio hope to see a lot of students on Sunday, and they encouraged those who would like to get further involved in Honey for Haiti to visit honeyforhaiti.org, follow Honey for Haiti on social media, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anticipating a successful event, Alch stated, “We hope to make an impact on our fellow classmates and allow Honey for Haiti to have a presence on the campus long after our fundraiser.”