TKE in a Box
TKE Members Brave Frigid Weather and Raised over $1300 for Habitat!
Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity raised a total of $1,305 and awareness for affordable housing while occupying a section of downtown Peterborough at the corner of George Street and Simcoe Street from 4:00 PM on Friday, February 1st until 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 3rd. Students spent 48 hours in the cold as part of an annual event that TKE fraternity has organized for the past 8 years.
“Our shelter – along with lots of layers and blankets – provided some relief from the cold temperatures, but it always ends up being chillier than we ever imagine. This event is a unique way for our fraternity members to build awareness around the importance of safe, decent and affordable housing.”
says TKE fraternity member and event organizer Chris Mills.
TKE Fraternity members volunteered in shifts and remained outside for the duration of the weekend, conversing with the public and accepting donations in support of Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 home building projects. Fraternity Members camped out in a temporary shelter located at the main entrance to Peterborough Square.
“Because the cost of housing is so high, families right here in our community must choose between paying rent and paying for other necessities, such as food, child care or heating,” says Emily Ferguson, Manager of Philanthropy & Communications.
“We appreciate the efforts that students dedicate to this event year after year; it’s amazing to see youth so impassioned and committed to giving more families affordable places to live.”
Thank you to all of the TKE members who supported Habitat and braved the cold. We would also like to thank everyone who donated to Habitat! Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to call home.
About Tau Kappa Epsilon: Founded in 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon is one of the world’s largest collegiate fraternities with over 257,000 initiated members and 291 undergraduate chapters / colonies across the U.S and Canada. The vision of TKE is to be the # 1 collegiate fraternity in the world. The TKE mission is to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development. Since founding in 2004 the Upsilon Kappa chapter of TKE has raised over $35,000 for various charitable causes.