Alphi Phi Omega Gamma Psi Joins Goldy's Run!
Tell us about your Goldy's Run Team and their mission
Alpha Phi Omega is a national gender-inclusive community service fraternity founded on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service. With more than 500,000 members on over 375 college campuses across the country, Alpha Phi Omega continues to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization.
Why did your team pick Goldy's Run to participate in?
Members of the Gamma Psi chapter at the University of Minnesota chose to participate in the Goldy’s Run not only because we want to take part in the campus tradition, but also because we are passionate about the cause. The Masonic Children’s Hospital is a vital community resource and we are excited we have to opportunity to fundraise through Goldy’s Run.
What has been a challenge for your team over the last year?
During COVID-19, our chapter has not been able to meet in person, so it has been a challenge to find new ways to serve the community. For this reason, events like Goldy’s Run that allow us to get outside and volunteer safely are really important.
Do you have any first time 5K runners on the Team?
We have encouraged new and long-time runners to participate in the event. For many members of the Alpha Phi Omega team, this will be their first 5K. Also, some of our team members have joined with friends and family who have never run a 5K as well.
What are some fun facts about your team and its members?
Alpha Phi Omega consists of students from all eight undergraduate colleges at the University of Minnesota and members from Russia, Hong Kong, Colombia, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Due to the ability to take classes online this semester, our members are living across the country, from here in the Twin Cities, all the way to Washington.
Despite the limitations of the pandemic, our chapter provided more than 1,200 hours of service in 2020 and we are on track to beat that number in 2021.
What is your team goal for Goldy's Run?
Our team goal for Goldy's Run is to raise awareness and donations for the Masonic Children’s Hospital while getting our chapter up and active! This will be our first time participating in the run as a chapter and we hope to come back year after year to fundraise for the Masonic Children’s Hospital. We know that this has been a difficult year for everybody so the opportunity to fundraise and run the 5K is a great way to lift everyone’s spirits.