Sorority hopes to raise $30,000 to fight child abuse, neglect

February 17, 2018

Pulling in support for a good cause

Members of the university community are hoping to pull in $30,000 to fight child abuse and neglect through an innovative competition.

The sisters of Kappa Delta will host their annual Shamrock the Rope event, a tug-of-war contest that benefits Prevent Child Abuse America and The Children’s Center of Hamden, at 10 a.m. on February 18 in Burt Kahn Court. The sorority has raised more than $80,000 from the event since 2014.

“Kappa Delta has a very close relationship with The Children's Center of Hamden,” said Alexis Segal, Kappa Delta’s vice president of community service. “Most of the funds raised at our event go toward interactive programs for the children who are residents and day students — including a therapeutic music studio, a new kitchen and greenhouse to fuel the culinary program and picnic tables for families to use when they visit their children.”

The Children’s Center of Hamden is celebrating 185 years of service this year, making it Connecticut’s oldest chartered private child-caring agency for children and teenagers. Since 1833, it has evolved into a highly respected facility for children who must deal with the effects of physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychiatric illness, learning disabilities, substance abuse and family trauma.

“It’s wonderful to be able to benefit children in the immediate area,” said Jordan Weiss ‘18, an athletic training major. “It’s inspiring to see up close what the kids are able to accomplish with the money that #BobcatNation comes together to raise.”

On average, more than 150 children and their families benefit each day from programs and treatment offered by The Children’s Center of Hamden. Kappa Delta at Quinnipiac has helped make much of this possible and hopes to continue their relationship with The Children’s Center of Hamden for years to come.

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