PUC students held the college’s fourth annual REVO fundraising event on the Campus Mall, Sunday, May 8. Hundreds of students braved damp weather to turn out for the charity event, contributing about $2,500 toward feeding an impoverished population in Argentina.
The event featured performances by two student bands, as well as the San Francisco rock group I the Mighty. Students also browsed many tables of donated clothing and assorted items for sale, followed by REVO’s annual second-hand fashion show. Models in the show strode the runway in fashions inspired by African tribal dress.
A new feature at this year’s REVO event was the silent auction in which students bid for goods and services from PUC’s staff and faculty, including music lessons, athletic adventures, and homemade food.
“REVO couldn’t exist without the students at PUC, willing to come spend their time and money,” says REVO coordinator and junior Tyler McCulloch. He is one of several student organizers that plans the annual campaign.
This year’s project is a community kitchen that will serve a small indigenous village in the Argentinean province of Salta. Malnourishment is widespread in this community, and REVO has partnered with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to help improve the lives of the locals.
The kitchen will be self-sustaining with gardens, livestock pens, and training in crop cultivation. ADRA will do the legwork while PUC students provide the funding for the project, which was estimated at $10,000. With this event, a donation from college president Heather J. Knight of $1,000, funds from a charity trail run earlier this year, and a private donation of $2,500, the project tally now stands at $9,500.
In 2008 PUC students started the first campus branch of REVO, an international philanthropy movement. The students, who are entirely responsible for the project, select a different cause each year to support with fundraising and awareness events. Hundreds of students on campus get involved each year—through planning, coordinating, event participation, or donations. Past causes have included rehabilitating the victims of human trafficking in Peru, supporting local food banks, and combating a debilitating disease rampant in Ethiopia.