Streaking for a good cause

Anyone sauntering down the Breezeway yesterday afternoon may have heard a voice booming through a megaphone shouting, “Come on down! We’re going streaking for a good cause!” That voice belonged to Jose Herrera, program assistant for the Center for Civic Engagement and Service (CCES); he was promoting the “Go Streaking” event, which took place just after noon on Thursday.

The event was part of FAU’s inaugural Volunteer Week, co-sponsored by CCES and Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) and entailed students removing the clothing they were wearing, dropping it into the designated donation bin, and “streaking” to the pool in their bathing suits. The “streakers” headed to the pool where free food and drinks awaited them.

Sophomore ocean engineering major Tim Haines participated for the “free food,” he said, as well as the opportunity to donate clothes. “It sounds like a lot of fun,” said Haines, who donated two pairs of shorts.

Clothing donations went to benefit Aid to Victims of Domestic Assault (AVDA) as well as Haven, a charity to aid young boys awaiting foster care.

Steve Fotta, a senior criminal justice major, arrived wearing multiple layers of clothing: 11 items to be donated. “I’m really into volunteering,” said Fotta. “This seemed like a fun and unique opportunity…anything I can do to help somebody else.”

“We’re building a tradition,” Herrera said about the event.

Though there were fewer participants for this event than originally expected, Emily Parsons, SAVI Director, wasn’t particularly concerned. Though they may have been lacking a few streakers, the organization had already collected many donations throughout the week. “Our entire office is filled with clothes,” she said.

In addition, Parsons said that she considered the other Volunteer Week events so far a great success and hopes to continue and improve upon the traditions they’ve created in years to come.

View photos from the event.