For the fourth year, Xavier University students will shed "nearly all" their clothes and/or dress Guatemala-style, despite the chill, TONIGHT Nov. 15, at 8:00 p.m., for the Nearly Naked Mile. Participants race one mile through the Xavier campus to raise funds to send 12 pre-professional health students to service in Guatemala from Dec. 27- Jan. 6.
The race begins at Bellarmine Circle. Runners race down the residential mall, touch a gate by the intramural fields, come back to pass Husman residence hall and finish back at Bellarmine Circle. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and for the fastest male and female “Nearly Naked” runners. Given that the average person can run a mile in 10-15 minutes, the students won’t be chilly for long. Their efforts will help warm the hearts of many, however.
The 12 students will give up a week of their winter break and New Year’s Eve celebrations to serve the village of Patanatik in the Solola Lake/mountain region. Every student has committed to volunteer at least twenty hours at a free clinic upon their return.
This will be the fourth trip for Xavier students under Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of Xavier’s Center for Interfaith Community Engagement. Last year in Guatemala, the group saw 384 people in four clinic days and made 75 home visits over two days.
This service is by no means is it free. Ingber estimates the group needs to raise $50,000 to fly, feed and house 18 people for one week. A number of events are planned, including leaf-raking. To help the e Xavier team get to Guatemala, your help is appreciated. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207 with checks payable to Xavier University IFCE. Please call 513-745-3569 with questions.
“Last year our students went nearly naked to help the people of Guatemala,” said Ingber, “and they will endure a few minutes of discomfort this year to help alleviate the chronic suffering of these good people. I am very proud of how this annual mega-silliness brings so much good to people in need through the work of our interfaith medical community intent on healing the world.”