Despite projected temperatures in the low 40s to upper 30s Thursday evening, Xavier students are getting "nearly naked" and running around campus in an effort to raise money to send 12 pre-professional health students on a service project to Guatemala from Dec. 31- Jan. 7.
The annual "Nearly Naked Mile" starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bellarmine Circle and continues one mile down the residential mall to the intramural fields and then back past Husman Hall to the finish line at Bellarmine Circle. More modest students can also dress Guatemala-style. Prizes are awarded for the best costume and for the fastest male and female “Nearly Naked” runners.
This is the third year the run is raising money to send students on a service project. This year the students are serving the village of Patanatik in the Solola Lake/mountain region of Guatemala. Every student is also committing to volunteer at least 20 hours at a free clinic upon their return.
Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Office for Interfaith Community Engagement, began taking students on a service trip over the winter break in 2010, with the interfaith medical mission trip to Jamaica serving 511 patients in four and a half days. Last year a planned trip to Haiti was canceled because of political unrest. The team regrouped and went to Guatemala, where they saw 384 people in four clinic days and made 75 home visits over two days.
“I am very proud of how this annual mega-silliness brings so much good to people in need," says Ingber.