Local university students raising funds, awareness for Alhambra

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A group of University of Windsor students are doing their part to help out a McGregor service club.

Cory Veldhuis, Tyler Jenner, Jose Morillo and Jamal Mauldin are organizational behavior students at the university and are currently undertaking a project to assist a service club by raising both awareness and money. The students chose the Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230, an organization that assists those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Alhambra has special meaning for Veldhuis, as his grandfather Richard Prieur is a past grand commander of the group.

Veldhuis said the project has to focus on topics such as health, freedom and equality and he believes Alhambra meets all of those criteria. He said families of those with special needs can struggle financially and that and other factors can cause stress on the family members. He said Alhambra assists people with accessibility needs and also holds events for those with disabilities throughout the year, including a boat day, a golf tournament, a Christmas party and a summer picnic. Those events allow people to get out into society and acclimate them to the world around them, thus promoting freedom and equality.

Alhambra also offers scholarships for local students in the area.

“They do as much as they can to help those in need in our community,” said Veldhuis.

The students are planning events for the University of Windsor campus, said Veldhuis, though there are ways for the public to get involved. The students have set up a crowd-funding page with the hopes of raising $2,000 by March 27.

A screenshot of the crowd-funding page that has been set up to aid the Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230. A total of $60 had been raised as of Saturday morning with a goal of $2,000 by March 27.

A screenshot of the crowd-funding page that has been set up on www.youcaring.com  to aid the Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230. A total of $60 had been raised as of Saturday morning with a goal of $2,000 by March 27.

“Everything that we raise goes directly to them,” said Veldhuis.

Veldhuis said he has helped Alhambra through the years and hopes to do something annually in terms of a fundraiser but noted, “that’s up to the group.” He said he has personally volunteered at Alhambra events and has gotten a foursome together for the golf tournament.

“The Alhambra is always looking for more volunteers,” he said. “We’re trying to get the young people in the community engaged. They always need help somehow.”

Veldhuis added that a lot of people don’t know about the McGregor Alhambra chapter, but the group has done a lot of good within the region.

The crowd-funding page can be found at www.youcaring.com and searching “The Order of Alhambra.” The direct link is www.youcaring.com/the-order-of-alhambra-524050.

The Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 also has a Facebook page people can like to get more information. That is found at www.facebook.com/garcia230.

The website for the international Alhambra movement is www.orderalhambra.org.

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