Fiji's charity run to aid Red Cross

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity chapters (commonly known as FIJI) at Hanover College and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology have announced a charity football run between the two campuses located in Hanover and Terre Haute, Ind. The 148-mile run will take place on Sept. 28-29, and is expected to last approximately 24 hours.

The public can participate by going to you can help by making a donation through Paypal or by check. You can also pledge to donate to a specific runner per mile.

“We are so thankful for this great partnership between the American Red Cross and Fiji,” Jefferson County, Indiana Chapter Executive Director Sandy Sailer emphasized. “These students have worked hard organizing a unique event which demonstrates their tremendous philanthropic spirit. Their efforts will bring help, hope and lifesaving education to Jefferson County families and area youth.”

The run will travel through the counties of Vigo, Clay, Owen, Monroe, Lawrence, Jackson, Washington, Scott and Jefferson. The run will pass through the communities of Terre Haute, Riley, Cory, Bowling Green, Spencer, Ellettsville, Bloomington, Bedford, Brownstown, Tampico, Austin and Hanover.

“This run gives our members a way to give back to the community in which we reside nine months a year,” stated Fiji Football Chair Philip Koranteng. “We are so appreciative to those inside and outside of the community who have supported our efforts.”

Members of both chapters will run in groups of two during the scheduled route. Individuals in the group of approximately 35 runners will each run approximately nine miles during the trek between the two campuses.

The football used during the run will be used in the opening kickoff of the schools’ football game on Sept. 29. Kickoff is scheduled at 2:30 pm at L.S. Ayres Field.

The run, dubbed Fiji Football Run, is in its third year and supports the local chapters of the American Red Cross in Jefferson County and the Wabash Valley Chapter in Terre Haute.