Coe Habitat for Humanity's annual Shack-A-Thon set

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-03-26 12:57:47 - General

The Coe College Habitat for Humanity Chapter's annual Shack-A-Thon has been scheduled from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13 until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14. According to student organizers, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the substandard housing conditions many people endure around the world, as well as raise money for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

During the 24-hour event, students, faculty and staff members sit in "shacks" (cardboard boxes) that are placed on the Coe library quad. The shacks are inhabited for a full day and night as a visible representation of the living conditions that exist for some people. Money is raised by the students through donations and the sale of T-shirts.

Fundraising proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity to support building new houses in Cedar Rapids.