|Sorors reach out at convention|
|Servic projects part of Alpha Kappa Alpha boule'|
|Published Saturday, July 12, 2014 3:32 pm|
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is giving on a global scale at its biennial conference.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member Anna Kate Davis, chair of the Charlotte Hostess Chapter, at the Stop Hunger Now project, Charlotte Convention Center.|
More than 1,100 members were at the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday to pack 10,000 boxes of rice, soy, protein, vitamins and other provisions to feed the hungry as part of the sorority’s 66th boule’, or convention. When the final box was prepared for shipping as part of the Stop Hunger Now campaign, more than 100,000 people will be sustained in areas hit by man-made and natural disasters.
“It’s a chance to interact with new people and stop hunger across the world,” said AKA International President Carolyn Stewart. “If there’s a tsunami, they send food, it could be a flood in Mississippi. Stop Hunger Now is a worldwide organization that packs food to feed families.”
More than 11,000 sorority members are in Charlotte for the boule’, which opened Saturday and runs through July 18. The anti-hunger project originated with AKA’s South Africa chapter as a tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela and the sorority replicated it for a global scale.
“Our motto is ‘Service to all mankind,’ and we’re interested in trying to help other people,” said Anna Kate Davis, chairman of the Charlotte hostess chapter. “That’s what this project is all about.”
“We thought it would be a great idea with our international president to pull all these people together,” Davis said. “If we could get 1,000 people together to package food for 100,000, it appears to be working. We’ve got sorors out, members of the community are out working with us and it’s a fun activity, yet we’re helping somebody who doesn’t have food.”
The sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University, is dedicating its public events to service. On Friday, members planted 35 trees at Johnson C. Smith University as a beautification project and over the next week will host a public forum, town hall meeting and youth summit. The sorority is also providing Charlotte-area students with backpacks and school materials supplied by 600 AKA chapters.
“At the end of the day, it’s a lifelong commitment to service,” Stewart said. “I like to say it’s an organization of women who consciously chose this association called Alpha Kappa Alpha, but for them, service is a means of self-fulfillment, so it comes naturally for us to say we need to go and do work.”
|As a Que, I respect the community imvolvement of our AKA sisters. The pink and green is everywhere in CLT. God our AKA amazing women.|
|Posted on July 16, 2014|
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