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UVU Student Business Organization Co-hosting Run For Belize Housing Project

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October 27, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504

About two dozen Utah Valley University students will travel to Belize on Nov. 13 to spend a week constructing sustainable housing for families currently living in unsafe and substandard structures.

To help finance the humanitarian project, UVU’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will team with Pinnacle Security’s Securing Hope to present a combination 1K, 5K and 10K run on Nov. 12. The 3rd annual charity run begins at 9 a.m. at Pinnacle’s headquarters, 1290 S. Sandhill Road in Orem.

As participants in the Domes for Belize project, the UVU students will construct tornado- and hurricane-resistant ‘ecodomes’ with the training, tools and methods developed by the Domes for the World Foundation. A group from UVU traveled to Belize last spring to identify families and communities in need.

“Building communities with solid and sustainable housing is one of the biggest challenges of developing countries,” said Adam Webb, a UVU business student and SIFE project leader. “There are a lot of families that just can’t put a strong home over their heads, so we’re aiming to provide as many families as we can some help with this challenge.”

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with business leaders and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. University teams apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Webb and UVU SIFE President Mikey Heinz, both Pinnacle employees, were instrumental a few years back in encouraging Pinnacle to establish a charitable arm – which the company dubbed Securing Hope. Securing Hope is the main sponsor of the charity run and fundraising efforts for Domes for Belize.

“Webb and Heinz have done an amazing job of partnering with Pinnacle Security to take the principles and objectives of SIFE and apply them in a real-world setting to create a sustainable solution that utilizes business and economic concepts to address community needs and improve the quality of life and standard of living for our neighbors, both locally and abroad,” said Jonathan Westover, UVU SIFE adviser, UVU’s director of academic service learning and management professor in the Woodbury School of Business.

Last year UVU students participated in a similar charity run in partnership with Securing Hope and raised about $50,000 for a project to aid earthquake-stricken Haiti. They’ve adopted the Belize project this year after learning of the involvement of UVU’s athletic department and former UVU All-American wrestler Ben Kjar in the worthy cause.

 “We feel like we’re a really good partner for this project because of our manpower and fundraising capabilities,” Webb said.

For more information on the run or to register go online to http://pinnaclesecurity.com/securinghope5k.php.  For more information on Domes for Belize go to http://www.dftw.org/stories/monolithic-ecoshells-for-chunox-belize.

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