U4U makes it rain


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MAKE IT RAIN. Unified for Uganda (U4U) club members scrub down cars to raise money for mentoring funds. They made it rain water washing cars and made it rain money raising funds. The car wash raised 371 dollars. “Thank you to everyone who came to support the [car wash] organization!” said U4U, on Instagram.

Organizations sometimes have to get creative to raise funds for their causes. On Sat., Sept. 15, the Unified for Uganda Club (U4U) held a car wash fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gregory Center parking lot.

The event raised a total of 371 dollars. The car wash was free but donations were accepted. Some people even gave more money than they would pay for a paid car wash. In addition, there was a bake sale on the side, with each treat costing a dollar each.

The money went to mentoring funds for U4U. U4U sponsors destitute children in Uganda to allow them to have basic necessities such as food, clothes, and education.

“I joined U4U because I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of the children struggling in Africa,” said Ginevra Pascale, 10.

A couple students held signs out on the roads to advertise and bring people to the car wash on a couple streets, others held the bake sale, and the majority took part in washing cars. Many U4U officers took charge and volunteered their time.

“I applied to be an officer because I knew I would [be a] greater help in a position where I was more directly involved with the organization versus being a regular club member,” Pascale said.

There was a long hose with a sprayer, sponges, soap, squeegees, and dry towels to supply the entire event. By the end of the day, the sponges and towels were dirty but with each car, car washing became easier and members worked efficiently.

When a car first pulled up, it was hosed down with water, scrubbed with soap, then rinsed with the hose and wiped with squeegees for the windows and towels for the rest of the car. The cars had to be washed quickly because the hot sun dried the soap and left streak marks.

The car wash was overall a huge success and will be of great help to U4U. Plans ahead for U4U are Movie Day on Fri., Sept. 26, showcasing “Invisible Children” and a Play for Peace soccer game to fundraise at coming soon. The end goal is to sponsor as many children in Uganda as possible.

“We have an insanely dedicated team who I believe can get the job done. I have no doubt that we will reach our goal of sponsoring 25 children,” said Molly Ferguson, 12, U4U President.