Posted on: February 26, 2023 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

Graphic by James Landgraf

By Aidan McGuire, News Editor

The Muslim Student Association is trying to create something new at Moraine: a scholarship specifically for refugees.

Funds for the scholarship will be raised through a new event called the Humanity 5K, to take place April 30 at 9 a.m. as a collaboration between MSA and The Refugee Life Foundation. Race proceeds will be donated to the building of Ramallah, Palestine’s first at-home dialysis clinic, as well as the scholarships.

Refugee students are here because “they are finding that safe space, and we want to help them find it,” MSA’s student advisor and event organizer Sundus Madi said. “Our goal is to hopefully provide two or maybe three scholarships that will pay their full tuition next year.”

Madi is searching for volunteers to help on race day and to help plan the event. She is looking for a student co-director to help with the logistics of the race and offer some event planning experience.  

Interested students can contact Madi at madis3@morainevalley.edu or fill out this form. 

“It’s such a wonderful way to both give back and put yourself out there,” Madi said. “It’s something you can put on your resume. Something you can talk about.”

[Refugee students] are here because they are finding that safe space, and we want to help them find it.”

Sundus Madi, Humanity 5K event organizer and MSA student advisor

Those interested in participating in the race can register here. Students and children 10 or younger can race for $20. Community members can currently race for $35. On March 31, the price for community members will be $40 and on race day, it will go up to $50. Each runner will get an event T-shirt and a bib. 

Students 14 and older must show ID on April 29 at packet pickup, which will take place at Moraine from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will also collect their shirt and bib here. 

The event is open to individual racers, as well as teams that participate in a shared fundraising goal. There will also be a walk at 9 a.m. race day, with strollers allowed. Kids ages 5-10 will be able to do a sprint at 10 a.m.

The Humanity 5K will begin between building C and D, making its way onto surrounding roads, which will be shut down by the Palos police. Moraine’s entrance on 111th St. will remain open. Information on how to register, create a team, or for volunteer opportunities can be found at the Humanity 5K website.