Flying lanterns at WWU spread awareness of domestic violence
|2/19/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Students at William Woods University are using flying lanterns to create awareness of domestic violence.
The men of Phi Gamma Delta and the women of Alpha Chi Omega lit the lanterns Feb. 12 in support of the local Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).
Matt Kornegay of Phi Gamma Delta came up with the idea when he was researching special effects for a show. He organized the event as a bonding activity with Alpha Chi Omega, whose national philanthropy is domestic violence awareness.
“We wrote on the balloons facts about domestic violence,” Kornegay said. “When launched the lanterns go anywhere from a fourth of a mile to 10 miles, depending on the breeze they catch.”
More than 15 lanterns were launched, including one dedicated to Alpha Chi Omega’s senior class. Each group made a wish in CARDV’s honor as they released their lantern.
The women of Alpha Chi Omega continue their fight against domestic violence this week with their annual philanthropy event, Lyre Fest. Greek organizations from William Woods and Westminster College participate to raise money and collect items to donate to Fulton’s CARDV chapter.
For more information regarding domestic violence awareness and CARDV, visit www.cardv54a.com.CARDV’s 24-hour crisis line is 866-642-4422 or 573-642-4422.