Are you looking for fun ways to donate your time and money to a charity? Fort Hays State University's Delta Zeta is organizing a tug-o-war charity benefit with donations going towards the Painted Turtle Camp. The turtle tug benefit will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, on the FHSU Quad.
"I think this is a great way to get students involved and to help the Delta Zetas support the Turtle Camp," said Bailey Henry, a freshman from Council Grove and Delta Zeta member.
The Painted Turtle Camp was established as one of actor Paul Newman's Hole-in-the-Wall camps for seriously ill children. This camp is located in Lake Hughes, Calif., and hosts almost 2,000 children per year in eight sessions. Each session is geared for a specific type of illness and lasts six to eight days. From 110 to 120 children attend each session. Every two children are assigned a nurse who attends to the children in their cabins and throughout their daily activities. The staff consists of top medical professionals who volunteer to live at the camp throughout each session and work closely with the children.
In the fall and spring, the camp holds family weekends to involve the parents and siblings. Families can network with other families in similar situations.
"It’s a very therapeutic and exciting weekend for everyone," said Dr. Ben Meisel, medical director for The Painted Turtle Camp.
At first glace, the camp is like any traditional summer camp with swimming, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, a ropes course, a state of the art gymnasium and nature activities. Every child, regardless of their illness or capacity, can participate fully in every single activity. The camp aims to give these children self-confidence and teach cooperation and how to be self-reliant. The activities are exhilarating, challenging and nurturing.
"The Turtle Tug benefit is a really fun way for students to donate to the camp," said Lydia Weed, a sophomore from Salina and Chair of the Turtle Tug Committee.
Each tug-o-war team will have five people. The registration fee is $25 per team. Students may register at the Center for Student Involvement office in the basement of the union by Friday, Oct. 16. All fees will be donated to the Painted Turtle Camp. The first place team gets $100 and a T-shirt, and the second place team keeps its registration fee. The losing team will be dragged through 100 pounds of gelatin.
"Who wouldn't want to play in Jello?," asked Henry.
A costume contest will add extra spice to the event. Prizes will be given to the team with the best costumes.
"People can dress up for Halloween or any type of costume they want. It is just a fun way to add a little flavor," said Weed.
For more information on the Painted Turtle Camp, visit the Web site at www.thepaintedturtle.org
For more information on the Turtle Tug contact the Center for Student Involvement at (785) 628-4664.