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SUBJECT: Engineering students to raise funds during Eighth Annual Pi Throw
DATE: March 9, 2012

A group of Memorial University engineering students is using an age-old friendly gag to raise funds for young hospital patients.
The Eighth Annual Pi Throw has been organized by Student Society A of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The event gives anyone in St. John’s and Mount Pearl a chance to purchase a pie and have it thrown, gently, into the face of a friend, co-worker or colleague. 
All proceeds from the good-natured event go to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s.
“The Annual Pi Throw is always a popular event for engineering students and across Memorial University,” said Dr. Ramachandran Venkatesan, dean, pro tempore, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “In the past we’ve had pies purchased by people in central Newfoundland and as far away as Dalhousie University in Halifax. It’s all in good fun and raises money for a very important cause.”
The rules of the pi throw are simple and fun to follow. For $10 you can have a pie delivered to anyone in St. John’s and Mount Pearl. Student volunteers will pick up your contribution and deliver the pie to your intended recipient.
The receiver of the pie can then choose to simply take the pie in the face or pay $15 to have the pie redirected at someone else, including the person who sent the pastry to them in the first place. For $20, an intended recipient can purchase the pie outright.
“The more often a pie gets redirected, the more money we will raise for the Janeway Children’s Hospital,” said Jane Casey, vice-president, corporate relations, Engineering Undergraduate Society A. “Over the years this event has raised as much as $2,500 for the Janeway. It’s a great charity to support and it’s a lot of fun to take part in the pi throw, both as the person sending and receiving a pie.”
 If you would like to send a pie to anyone in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, munengrsocietya@gmail.com. You must include the name of the person to be “pied”, their phone number, location and desired time.

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