If you are a DePaul student, then you have for sure heard of DemonTHON
. For those who don’t know, DemonTHON is DePaul’s 24-hour dance marathon that benefits Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
of Chicago. Participants raise money throughout the year through fundraising, canning, and donations. Then whole thing culminates in the dance marathon. That’s 24 hours of standing, dancing, and cheering for the sweet little kiddos who aren’t able to stand or dance because of illness. This year’s dance marathon is from 5pm on April 28 to 5pm on April 29 – which, if you are counting correctly, is in TWO WEEKS.
I participated in DemonTHON last year, and it was an incredible experience. My legs and feet have never been as sore as they were during that 24 hours, but it was so worth it after seeing how much money we raised for the kids. Last year, the organization hit the one million dollar mark that had been raised and donated to Lurie’s hospital. It was awesome to be a part of, and I am similarly excited for this year.
The 24 hours are split up into six different theme hour chunks. Some of the theme hours this year are Harry Potter
, Nightmare on Sheffield, and Battle of the Decades. These theme hours provide games and activities which make the time pass quickly. We also get to learn the Morale Dance, a ten minute long dance that is performed every hour of the marathon. Throughout the event, we hear from and meet families who have directly benefited from the money raised for DemonTHON. It is so inspirational to hear the strength and hope that these kids and their families have in the midst of scary illnesses. It is a jam-packed, fun-filled, emotional 24 hours that I am really looking forward to participating in again!
If you are a DePaul student and have not signed up yet, now is your chance! Join a team, raise your $250 fundraising goal, and dance for the kids!
Do you enjoy doing community service? Do you want to make an impact on Chicago? Are you a DePaul student? Are you free on May 7th? If you can answer yes to all of the above, then Vincentian Service Day
sounds like something you need to sign up for!
Taken from DePaul’s website, “Vincentian Service Day (VSD) is an annual tradition at DePaul. Started in 1998 as a part of DePaul's Centennial celebration, we are now in our 18th year. On the first Saturday in May, over 1400 DePaul students, staff, faculty and alumni will participate in a day of service with 100+ Community partners in the Chicagoland area and cities around the country.”
I participated in VSD last spring and it was one of the highlights of my sophomore year. I volunteered with the Pathways Program
and our location was the Irving Park YMCA
. We spent the morning and afternoon painting the hallways of the dormitories and then headed back to DePaul for a huge picnic and cookout on the Quad. It was so much fun! It was a great way to bond with my classmates and friends and the staff at the YMCA were so grateful and appreciative of what we were doing. I truly felt like I was making a difference, which is what VSD is all about: making a positive impact in the community around us.
This year, I am participating with Cru DePaul and we are volunteering with World Vision
, a Christian humanitarian organization helping children and families in need international and local by supporting and strengthening various organization and churches. I am very excited for May 7, and to give my day to help someone else’s. Join with me and sign up for Vincentian Service Day! I can guarantee you will experience something positive from it.