By Beth Flynn
A good cause kept members of UNO’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity bouncing for 24 consecutive hours Thursday and Friday.
The fraternity held a Bounce-A-Thon to entertain those passing by and to raise food for the Omaha Food Bank as part of the North America Food Drive.
The event began at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 and continued to 11 a.m. Oct. 11.
Students gathered around the Pep Bowl and listened to music while watching volunteers bounce on a trampoline.
Members of the fraternity weren’t the only ones jumping for donations. About 50 volunteers jumped along with Lambda Chi Alpha members, rotating in half-hour intervals.
The fraternity also had a “big” piggy bank stationed nearby so people could donate money.
The past four years, the fraternity has sponsored runs to Kearney and Maryville, Mo., instead of having a Bounce-A-Thon. Because the on-campus event was successful in the past, the fraternity decided to bring it back this year.
“Someone thought of it a while ago and we thought we would try it again,” said Drew Parks, chairman of public relations for the group.
Lambda Chi Alpha also works with the Boy Scouts of America to raise funds for the Omaha Food Bank.
On Oct. 12, the fraternity joined together with the Boy Scouts to help with Scouting for Food. They went to several Baker’s stores in order to collect food to donate to the North American Food Drive.
Last year, the UNO chapter collected more than 115,000 pounds of food. This year, the fraternity set a goal of 150,000 pounds. The goal of the North American Food Drive, in which all Lambda Chi Alpha chapters in the United States and Canada participate, was 3 million pounds of food.