Doughnut Dash coming to a school near you.
BY ALEX BALLARD AND NED COFFMAN ON MARCH 21, 2013
It all started as a dare. A group of friends decided to sprint all the way from the Raleigh Bell tower to the local Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen hot doughnuts and sprint back. In less than ten years, what first began as a college dare has grown into a national charity fundraiser. As of 2013, a total of 8,000 people participated in the fundraiser’s ninth annual race, raising a total of $184,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
The Sophomore SGA has taken similar inspiration. This year will mark Rose’s first annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. The idea originated as part of the sophomore SGA’s promotion of the Exceptional Children (EC) Kids Program.
Sophomore Walker Allen, currently the Head of the Sophomore SGA EC kids Department, was the main student who helped sophomore SGA President Reuben Chemmanam with the planning and setting up of this and last year’s EC kids events.
“I started working with the EC kids because I have an autistic cousin and I saw the way he was treated,” Allen said. “I wanted to make sure that none of our EC kids were treated that way.”
Over the course of last year, Allen and Chemmanam planned a Halloween festival, a Christmas festival, a “Fly a Kite Day” and a prom for the EC students.
“This year, we’re doing the [Krispy Kreme] card selling and J.H. Rose Krispy Kreme Challenge to raise money to support Victory Junction,” Chemmanam said.
Located in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction is a camp for children diagnosed with chronic illnesses. The camp was founded in honor of stock car driver Adam Petty, the grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty, who lost his life in a car accident. The camp opened in the summer of 2004, just six months before the first Krispy Kreme Challenge took place, and has provided chronically ill children with innovative programs designed specifically for them. These programs range from fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, golf, theatre activities, climbing, horseback riding, and more.
Our ultimate goal is to raise $1200 and help one of our EC kids get into Victory Junction,” Chemmanam said.
Sophomore SGA Vice President, Everette Lassiter, took inspiration for Rose’s Krispy Kreme Challenge at a NCASC meeting where he discovered that the organization’s lead fundraising programs went to Victory Junction. Lassiter then learned that Krispy Kreme had partnered with Victory Junction and introduced a fundraiser to the SGA which tied everything together. The result was Rose’s own Krispy Kreme Challenge which is scheduled for March 29.
To prepare for this, the SGA has discussed the fundraiser with Principal Monica Jacobson and Krispy Kreme Manager Jonathan Oliver and have held other fundraisers which will go towards the race.
“We’ve met with the administrators to make sure we have the [general idea] of what kind of race it is; 5Ks have been planned before, but this type hasn’t been done at Rose,” Chemmanam said. “If we can get maybe 80 or more people to do this, then it will really make a difference.”