November 30, 2011
Heiferpalooza - A Silent Auction November 29-30

By Jeremy Scott

December and the ensuing assembly of holidays are fast approaching. So what better way is there to celebrate and display benevolence than to donate to a charity? Luckily, thanks to a few thoughtful students, one does not need to look far to find such an opportunity.

The Freshman Honors Class is holding a silent auction in the MacDonald Dining hall November 29-30. These silent auctions are held during the lunch and dinner periods will end at 7:15 p.m. Proceeds go towards Heifer International, an organization that helps fight world hunger by sending livestock to third world countries as well as depresses areas of the U.S.

According to the Heifer International website, their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

Their website states, "By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift - a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace."

Items being auctioned off include but are not limited to, a glass chess set, guitar and tap dance lessons, and a carrot cake baked by Lees-McRae's own Dr. Fiona Chrystall. These items were generously donated by students, community member, and of course, Dr. Chrystall.

In addition to the previously mentioned items up for auction, 50 cents will buy a piece of duct tape. During the Wednesday dinner, all the pieces of duct tape purchased will be used to tape student volunteer Colin Gundry to the wall. This was not the original plan as Dr. Ken Craig was going to be the lucky volunteer, but sudden business in Charlotte impelled him away.

When asked for the reason behind this auction, student participant Emma Sheffer responded, "We have a final exam for our FYS class and instead of an exam project we wanted to do a service project for 15% of our grade. We looked around for charities that we liked and Heifer International seemed to be one of the ones that really stood out to us. Dr. Chrystall had done work with them before so she already had some background on them. So we all decided that this would be a really good way to get the community to come together and also just to raise money for a good cause."

As to the reason they chose Heifer International in particular, "We really liked what they stood for with sending livestock to areas that needed food"�because it promotes self sustainability rather than just charity," Sheffer said.

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