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Friday, April 03

Brookdale Newsroom

Student Groups Put “Fun” in Fundraiser

As part of a year-long effort to build a much needed water well for a village in Rwanda, four Brookdale student groups came together on May 17 to host a Color Fun Run and Walk on the Vonage campus in Holmdel.

The event, which douses runners and walkers in multicolored neon powder as they round the course, was hosted by Brookdale’s Students for Global Citizenship Club (SGC), the Alpha Pi Theta honor society, the Environmental Club and the Radiologic Technology Student Organization, with additional support by Vonage and other community partners.

SGC members Mikaela Peters and Mona Patel, who finished first in one of three races held throughout the day, said the Color Run served as both a fundraiser and a way to engage community members in the clubs’ collective goals.

Community members of all ages signed up for the Color Fun Run and Walk on May 17.

Community members of all ages took part in the Color Fun Run and Walk on May 17.

“All of the proceeds are going to a truly worthy cause,” said Patel, freshly covered in orange and green powder. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

More than 60 students, faculty and community members signed up to run the course, where club members and professors such as Shahin Pirzad, Terry Konn and Rajkumari Wesley were waiting with large buckets of powder.

The event also featured refreshments, a DJ, portrait painting by art professor Marie Maber and a children’s play area, which included a “bouncy castle,” squirt guns and other interactive games.

To learn more about the students’ Water 4 Life Project, or to help them reach their $6,000 goal, click here.

Check out more photos of the Color Fun Run and Walk here.