The event, which takes its name from the long-running television series Survivor, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19. Teams composed of 8-10 members will compete in a variety of challenges modeled after the popular CBS show, which is credited with ushering in the era of reality TV nearly a decade ago.
After raising more than $12,000 a year ago, organizers have set a goal of $20,000 in 2008, with all of the money going to provide food, clothing, school supplies, school uniforms, shelter and medical care for orphaned children living in the Maseru Children's Village and Ha Roma Community Group in Lesotho. One of the poorest countries in the world – where approximately 30 percent of the 2 million people have AIDS – Lesotho is home to more than 90,000 orphans as a result of disease and poverty.
Since 2003, nearly 90 Wittenberg students have participated in three service trips to Lesotho, with another trip planned for 2008. The money raised during Survivor Wittenberg, however, will only go to support Maseru Children's Village and Ha Roma Community Group in Lesotho.
Proceeds from last year's event, hosted by Ethan Zohn, the 2001 Survivor winner, also supported Grassroot Soccer, Zohn's charitable organization that uses the power of soccer and prevention education to fight AIDS. Zohn was unable to attend the 2008 event due to a commitment to walk the Great Wall of China.
The teams will compete in physical and mental challenges, including a bucket race, a sponge race, a food challenge, an obstacle course, an Africa puzzle, blindfolded dodgeball and a three-legged race, for approximately four hours on and around Alumni Way and Stoughton Lawn.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photos By: Robert Gantt
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