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Students Shiver and Shed Locks to Help Those in Need

By Ioana Patringenaru | May 8, 2006

Maya Angelou
Student Bryce Murray watches as a passer-by tries to dunk him in a water tank as part of a fundraiser for the UCSD Student Foundation.

UCSD student Bryce Murray agreed to be dunked in water on an overcast day to help raise scholarship funds for the UCSD Student Foundation. Student Megan Brandon sacrificed two pony-tails-worth of her long, blond hair to Locks of Love, which provides wigs for sick children.

More than 70 organizations gave students and employees a chance to do good deeds last week during the 5th annual UCSD Cares event on Library Walk. The goal was to raise $10,000 for local charities, said Emma Sandoe, UCSD Cares co-chair and a Revelle College junior.

The Student Foundation had set up a “Big Splash” booth, where $1 bought passers-by three chances throw a ball and try to dunk a student in a fair-sized water tank. The money went to the foundation’s scholarship program. A few yards away, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship gave students a chance to express their beliefs. They could write what they cared about on their hand. The list included children in Africa, Jesus and Justice, the deaf community and the USA.  Students could then take a picture, which the organization put on display. The goal was to raise awareness about the organization’s current project, a childcare center in the Mexican town of La Mission, said student Kristine Brandt. The organization also has a message, she said.

“Because we’re Christians, we’re expressing the belief that our God is a God of justice,” Brandt said.

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