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Helping a family go home

Community service spotlight part of MUNdays

By Jeff Green

Tool boxes in hand and a spark of determination in their eyes, a team of Memorial staff, faculty and students are heading to Mount Pearl this week to help put a brand new roof over the heads of one deserving family.

It’s all part of a massive community service project that will see a five-bedroom home for the eight-member Anthony family go up in the span of only nine days.

Memorial has teamed up with Petro-Canada to build the house in collaboration with Cabot Habitat for Humanity.

More than 300 members of the university community – 100 employees and 200 students – will do everything from install sinks and subfloors to painting and plastering.

Employees and students from a string of units ranging from Education, Pharmacy and Nursing to Facilities Management, Engineering and the Botanical Garden jumped on board weeks ago, volunteering to help give back to the community.

The build takes place in the midst of MUNdays, Memorial’s annual fall celebration on the St. John’s campus.

“Melissa James, a Faculty of Arts student and a Student Affairs and Services ‘Amazing Student’ brought this exciting idea to me this past winter,” said Kim Kelly, experiential learning co-ordinator with Career Development and Experiential Learning and one of the key organizers. She, Jessica Clarke with Marketing and Communications and Ms. James have spent months spearheading the project at Memorial and gathering support for the mammoth project.

They’ve been joined by a subcommittee that includes representatives from academic and administrative units.

Faculty members from both Social Work and Community Health in Medicine have also incorporated the build into their curriculum.

Organizers hope the Anthony’s new home will be completed by Oct. 26.

To learn more about Memorial’s involvement and its partnership with Petro-Canada in the Cabot Habitat for Humanity build, call Kim Kelly at 737-2607, or Jessica Clarke at 737-8415.

8 can’t miss MUNDays events

From Oct. 21-25, Memorial is kicking up its heels and throwing a great big party – so big it needs two campuses to celebrate. Check out these must-see events taking place under the banners of I Love MUNdays on the St. John’s campus and I Fell for Grenfell in Corner Brook.

Battle of the Sexes and Out-Move Sammy
Oct. 21 at the Field House

Campus Dash
Oct. 22 in the Food Court, Grenfell College

Rant like Rick Finals
Oct. 22 University Centre

Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds Fair
Oct. 23 Food Court, Grenfell College

International Night
Oct. 23 Food Court, Grenfell College

Sports Challenge
Oct. 24 Grenfell College gym

Battle of the Rock Bands
Oct. 24 Breezeway

Barnes House Charity Truck Pull
Oct. 25 Area 15 Parking Lot

Check out for full details
on these and lots of other events.