Organizations hope to “wake up” community

Tim Laurent, Staff Writer

Francis Marion University’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry will team up with six other campus organizations and one local business on Oct. 16 from 7-9 p.m. to provide an event for all students in the UC that will highlight important social issues around the world.

The “Wake Up” event, as it is being called, will emphasize problems including caring for hungry orphans, dating abuse, malaria prevention, civility and access to clean water, as well as providing limbs for people who have lost them.

One more issue to be highlighted on this night will be human sex trafficking. Mandolynn Orrell, a victim herself, will be speaking at the event.

Kendal Danford, Campus Minister of BCM, has been leading the effort to get organizations together for this eye-opening night.

“We are hoping that the Wake Up event raises awareness of various social needs in the world today, and gives students an opportunity to make a practical difference in the lives of others.” Danford said. “Our goal is to shine the spotlight on people and issues that don’t normally get much attention.”

Students will be exposed to dramatic displays in the UC to highlight each issue. Students will also have the opportunity to pledge money online in order to have their voices heard.

“I think college students are passionate people who get behind issues and causes that they believe in. I think FMU students will have their hearts touched and be moved to act on behalf of others that are less fortunate than they are,” Danford said.

The night will have music, videos, and speaking. This is the second time the Wake Up event will be held at FMU. The event was also hosted last March in the UC. The organizations that will be involved will be BCM, Alive in Christ, The Student Alumni Association, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta, The Student Life Association, as well as local business Lula’s Coffee Co.