RWU in the News

I’m not sure if y’all keep up with the local newspapers, but RWU students have been all over the news recently–in a good way :) Over 20 members of the RWU community–male AND female took to the streets in Providence to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” The annual walk in Downcity puts men of all ages into heels to literally walk a mile and raise awareness for domestic violence. The Pictures are hilarious.

RWU’s group SAFE (Sexual Advocacy for Everyone) helped organize a statewide rally to combat bullying. They called the project, RISEE (Rhode Island Students Embracing Equality), and held a candlelight vigil on the steps of the statehouse in Providence. The President of SAFE, Lisa Pellecchia, was even featured on the local news!

As you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Students from across campus held fundraisers, from bake, t-shirt and balloon sales to walking in the Making Strides events. Students raised over $1300 for the cause, and had a great time doing it.

For the second year in a row, shaving your head has become the in thing at RWU. It happens during Homecoming weekend, and all the proceeds go to support St. Baldrick’s as a way to conquer childhood cancer! Students shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, and family and friends give generously – worldwide. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation uses the donations to fund more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the United States Government. Last year, RWU raised over $4,000.

And…if you haven’t heard of him yet…you probably will soon. Brendan Legare is a freshman at RWU, and has been helping to raise funds for an orphanage in Kenya. He even traveled there last summer to meet the kids and spend time volunteering. He’s trying to bring a new club to campus, My Turn, to raise awareness and funds for children living in poverty.

Way to go RWU!

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