Melon Mania participants smash fruit for fundraiser on ISU central campusSeptember 12, 2014
The event provided an estimated 2000 melons to be used for carnival games. Game winners received tickets that were used in raffles to win items such as university apparel, gift cards, coupons and board games.
The melons did not go to waste. All of these melons were grown at Iowa State by students and staff. Since research is done to the melons, they can’t be eaten so they decided to have fun with them and raise some money before they go to compost.
Establish and Grow, a philanthropy organized by ISU students and staff, created Melon Mania to raise money for children in Uganda. All proceeds of the event go toward Establish & Grow, which then helps provide Ugandan children with food and education. Dorothy Masinde, ISU Lecturer of Horticulture and Coordinator of Educations Centers in Uganda stated that “Close to 300 mothers and children suffer from malnutrition and 62 percent of the clients are children ranging from 6 months to 4 years old.”
This proved to be a great way to support the Establish and Grow program.