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Karting for a Cause

This year, Packer students have proven to the community that they are perfectly capable of facilitating change. Whether this is through fundraising for Kid’s Walk or Artworks for Youth, Packer students have proven their ability to get involved and facilitate change.

Oftentimes fundraisers are mere solicitations or boring sponsored events. Andres Antonio (‘19) and Archie Caride (‘19), however, found an activity that was near and dear to student’s hearts: video games. which fueled the event’s immense turnout and success.

On Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26, eager Packer gamers crowded the rooms of the fourth-floor math quad to compete in a Mario Kart tournament.

Mario Kart, a video game consisting of elaborate racetracks and colorful obstacles, has built up quite a dedicated fanbase since it first kicked off, in 1992. Since its initial release, Mario Kart has been the source of much enjoyment for people all over the world. But how does it relate to charity? one might ask.

They were able to use an engaging competition to raise money for a cause which required the attention of the Packer community at large: hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

Gamers eagerly watch one of the races.

“It’s a very fun way to raise money,” remarks Eli Manier (‘19), a proud competitor and Kart enthusiast.

The 2017 hurricane season in Puerto Rico left the island in dire condition, wreaking havoc on the island’s infrastructure and affecting millions of lives. According to NPR, as of March 7th, 2018, 11% of the entire island is living without power. That’s 376,070 people.

Thanks to the initiative of Andres and Archie, Packer students both Enjoyed the competition, as won by Justin Joseph (‘21), and contributed 300 dollars in relief funds to an Island that deserves more of our attention.

Rory Dolan (‘19) stated simply the allure of this charity. “It’s a moral win-win,” he said,  “you pay five dollars, and if you win you get the glory and if you lose you’re still donating to a good cause.”

Grade: 11 (‘19) This is Anya’s second year working for the Prism and her first year as Photo Editor. She loves writing, and investigating stories. Her favorite part of writing a story is interviewing people and getting photographs that complement the article. Outside of packer, Anya loves reading and writing, and looks forward to writing for the Prism in the future.

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