Five WT campus ministries and many other student organizations are uniting for the ninth consecutive year in order to display a unique image of poverty on the WT campus and buy goats for a desperate people. Over recent years, the Kenyan region of Turkana has become home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from drought stricken Somalia and war-torn Sudan. The WT Alliance partnered with the Christian Relief Fund (CRF) of Amarillo, TX from 2009-2011 in an effort to help people in Southern Sudan. Now, they are working with CRF to help the people struggling in Turkana. This year CRF looks to donate another large number of goats for the purposes of milk and meat to the people of Turkana.
The Give-a-Goat fundraiser encourages all WT Students, as well as residents of Canyon and Amarillo, to donate money towards the purchase of goats ($50 per goat). The fundraiser culminates at a climactic event named Shack-a-thon. Every WT student is invited to participate in this unique display of poverty. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday April 26th students will culminate on the lawn east of Old Main to build shacks out of cardboard and wooden pallets. They will live in the shacks until 8 a.m. Thursday morning. The Canyon/Amarillo community is invited to come and view the student’s shacks, as well as attend a special program at 7:00 p.m., April 26th, near the east steps of the Old Main building.
So far the Give-A-Goat / Shack-A-Thon project has raised over $180,000. To make a donation, please visit the Give-A-Goat website at www.wtgiveagoat.com. If you would like more information please contact Kent Mereness, director of Buffs for Christ, 655-2174.