Norfolk State Joins Community for March for Babies
Azia Smith, Communications and Marketing Intern
(NSU Newsroom – April 16, 2014) A Norfolk State University fraternal organization is expecting to gather at least a 100 students to participate in the March for Babies, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at 24 St. Park in Virginia Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has a national partnership with March of Dimes. Alpha Phi Alpha member Shane Dawson, a Virginia Beach native, decided to contact the marketing team of March of Dimes to involve Norfolk State students in the march. Dawson explained that he wants to enlighten students on issues that affect the community surrounding the University. “As young adults we sometimes tend to forget those who aren’t as fortunate as us,” said Dawson who has a six-year-old son. “All babies deserve to be born healthy. I’m lucky to have a healthy child.”
Dawson’s goal is to present a $1,000 check to the March of Dimes, which raises about $618 million a year. All proceeds are distributed to about 220 million researchers, scientists, and educators that research problems that threaten the health of babies.
The March for Babies is the organization’s way of saying thanks to those who have been involved in fundraising and campaigning. Participants will walk approximately five miles then return back to the park.
Susan Smith, executive director for the Greater Hampton Roads Division of March of Dimes, is excited to have Norfolk State University students join the community in the March for Babies. “It will be pleasant to have college students take part in our event, everyone is impacted by life.”
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