By Alexa Doiron
The Interfraternity Council at Roanoke College put on their annual philanthropy event known as Tyler’s Trek on March 18. IFC has been doing this event for three years now and is wildly successful each time. Tyler’s Trek is an event to raise awareness for autism and is the final event for the week that works with this philanthropy. All the proceeds from the event go to the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center.
The event is named after the grandson of Tom Turner, a member of campus safety at RC. As Tyler receives services from the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement center, it seemed appropriate to name the event after him. It was ten dollars to register for the event, and an extra five dollars to buy a t-shirt. In the past years, the event has raised over $3000 for the philanthropy, and this year was no exception.
There were many who came out on Friday from the different Greek organizations and the general student body. The sun was shining, and the energy was high as the students prepared to run and walk the 5K course that was set by the IFC. RC dining, Panera Bread, and Pepsi all donated food to help raise money for the event.
To begin, Turner and his grandchildren took the stage to give everyone a pep talk and explain the reasons behind Tyler’s Trek. Their words grabbed the attention of the students and all were in smiles by the end, aided by the sweet words of the little girls in the family.
Then, the crowd was off. Most students decided to walk the course instead of run, and they filed out into a line behind each other. It was hot in the afternoon sun, but members of the IFC made sure to drive around and provide water to participants. The trek went around the neighborhoods behind the college where students could interact with Salem residents and some students even played a quick game of basketball with the neighborhood children.
In addition to all of the philanthropy supported by Greek Life on campus, the PanHellenic Council—the representation for sororities on campus—will be hosting their second annual Quadfest on April 16th, which supports a different charity of choice each year. Last year it was held on the back quad, but this April students can look forward to it being in Cavern.