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Karting for a Cause



Gamers eagerly watch one of the races.


On Tuesday, April 24, Andres Antonio and Archie Caride raised money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, while at the same time entertaining and engaging students. Students gathered in the fourth floor math quad to compete in a much beloved game: Mario Kart.

This year, Packer students have proven to the community that they are perfectly capable of facilitating change. Whether this is through fundraising for Kids 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 and Archie, however, found an activity that was near and dear to students’ hearts: video games. This fueled the event’s immense turnout and success.

Starting on Tuesday, April 24 and continuing through Thursday, April 26, eager Packer gamers crowded the rooms of the fourth-floor 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 fan base 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,one might ask, how does it relate to charity?  Andres and Archie 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.

“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, 376,070 people are living without power.

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

Rory Dolan (‘19) explained the allure of this event. “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.”


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