Written by Jenna El Ghatit
Across the county, Alpha Xi Delta commemorates World Autism Month in April by fostering advocacy and support for their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Our chapter at the University of South Carolina is excited to showcase the first week in April as AmaXIng week, which is acampaign dedicated to raising understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders.
Alpha Xi Delta is celebrating AmaXIng week by hosting fundraising nights at local restaurants, encouraging people to wear blue in support of Autism Speaks, and holding a 5K on Saturday! The 5K will be held at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and is Alpha Xi Delta’s largest spring fundraising event. It is the perfect culmination to AmaXIng week and allows the whole Columbia community to become involved with Autism Speaks!
In addition to promoting their philanthropy on campus, Alpha Xi Delta is involved with Autism Speaks outside of the university. For the past two years, the chapter has participated in the Autism Speaks walk in Charlotte and has been the top fundraising team for both events! Sisters of Alpha Xi also volunteer at local organizations in Columbia that support families who are affected by autism spectrum disorders, such as the Ausome Gym and The Autism Academy of South Carolina. Volunteers are grateful for the opportunity of seeing first-hand the impact that their philanthropy can cause!
Alpha Xi Delta’s Philanthropy VP, Morgan Setzer, is proud of the work that her chapter has accomplished for Autism Speaks over the past two years.
“Being a part of AmaXIng Week is such an important reminder of the power that young women have to make a difference in the community. It’s incredible to be walking back from class and see a group of Sisters wearing blue and enthusiastically promoting our philanthropy on Greene Street to other students. I cannot thank everyone in my chapter enough for not only making this week successful, but also for being passionate about Autism Speaks year-round!”