De La Salle has just announced the four worthy causes that it has selected as recipients for this year’s Spartan Charity Challenge. Now in its 25th year, the fundraiser, which runs in conjunction with Lent, calls on De La Salle students to help and hold up those who are in need. Since its inception in 1998, the drive has donated over $247,000 to many worthy causes.
This year’s recipients include relief efforts for the earthquake that hit the Turkey-Syria border earlier this month; Lasallian ministries in Eritrea, Africa; the Monument Crisis Center; and the De La Salle Brotherhood Fund.
De La Salle is asking its students to donate spare change to the Spartan Charity Challenge during Lent in three different ways: during their first-period class, at change boxes located in the Hoffmann Center, or through class-assigned GoFundMe accounts. The goal for 2023 is to raise $8,000.
About the Recipients:
Turkey-Syria Relief Efforts
The earthquake that devastated the Turkey-Syria border on February 23, 2023 is one of the worst disasters this century and has impacted millions of people and left thousands homeless. It has left hundreds of thousands of people, including small children and older people, without access to shelter, food, water, heat, or medical care in freezing cold temperatures.
Lasallian Ministries in Eritrea, Africa
Every Lasallian school in a first-world country is partnered with a school in a developing country. In Eritrea, Africa, our Lasallian Brothers and partners are establishing study centers and tutoring services for those students in desperate need.
Monument Crisis Center
Monument Crisis Center opened twenty years ago here in Concord and has been serving those most in need since then. Today, they serve more than 15,000 households in their Food Distribution Program and serve between 130-180 families at each distribution. They also have developed adult education, youth, and senior programs to address the various needs of their clients. And their Interim Executive Director is a DLS alum!
De La Salle Brotherhood Fund
For the past five years, De La Salle has made its Brotherhood Fund one of the recipients of the Spartan Charity Challenge. The Brotherhood Fund exists at De La Salle to help every student, especially when their family is going through a financially hard time, to be able to participate fully in the life of the school.