LSU Knights of Columbus Recognized with Community Activity Award
BATON ROUGE – At the annual Knights of Columbus College Council Conference Christ the King Council 15064 at LSU has received the 2010-11 Community Activity Award.
The Knights of Columbus College Council Conference, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in New Haven, Conn., brings college Knights together from campuses across the country and around the world. Conference attendees participate in a program of dynamic and inspiring speakers, networking opportunities, and leadership training. LSU Council Grand Knight Hudson Breaud and Chancellor Mark Ebarb attended this year.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. There are more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members worldwide.
To be named the winner in the community service program category, a college council must display a commitment to the faith and a desire to share that devotion and dedication with their classmates and the community at large. In only its second year of existence, LSU’s faith-based volunteer organization has already left its mark on the nation.
Last year, LSU’s Knights organized a dinner-dance fundraiser to defray the cost of the renovation of an apartment for a local family who escaped a refugee camp. The family consisted of two parents and eight children – one being an infant. They fled from Myanmar to Thailand and lived in a refugee camp for more than a decade, after which they were able to immigrate to Baton Rouge.
The parents, along with six of the children, spoke no English, and there were only three people in Baton Rouge who spoke their particular dialect. Their living conditions consisted of an apartment near campus. Inside, the sink in the kitchen was rotting away, while there were multiple holes in the floorboards and walls. The electrical outlet that fed the AC unit was burned out, and roaches ran rampant throughout the apartment. The children slept on mattresses on the floor, while the parents slept on a small cot in their bedroom. The father worked two jobs – as a janitor and car wash attendant – with his primary transportation being a bicycle.
This benefit dinner raised awareness about Burmese culture and human rights abuses in Myanmar, and it also provided an evening’s entertainment for the family and their eight children.
Using the money raised by the dinner-dance, LSU’s Knights rolled-up their sleeves and provided some much-needed renovation for the apartment. They installed a new sink and counter in the kitchen, repaired damaged electrical outlets, built shelving units for storage, plastered holes in the walls, arranged for pest control, and bought new window treatments for the living room – all to make the apartment feel more like home. The remaining funds were given to Catholic Charities to help provide English-language programs for the parents.
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