Members of the Student Athlete-Advisory Committee along with members of the Iona College Golf and Rowing teams joined together to participate in Hands Around Iona. Members of SAAC raised money and participated in the event on Tuesday, March 29th 2011. This fundraiser is an annual event to support the children and communities of Africa. Over the past few years, a number of Christian Brothers from Africa have come to Iona College to earn their degrees and return to their native country to work with the children and youth of their homeland.
Br. Amandi Mboya and Br. Titus Kallon are two of the Brothers at Iona from Africa who have been working closely with the Tara Knights Society on this effort. Over the past four years, the Iona Community, together with the families of Adam Lynch and Jean-Claude Lovinsky, were able to raise a total of $10,000. The money raised was used to completely renovate a free primary school in Zambia as well as name classrooms after Adam and Jean-Claude.
In an effort to help reach out to the communities in need, Hands Around Iona was created. Funds raised this year will be used to construct a water well in Hamilton, an area located in Sierra Leone approximately 10 miles from the city of Freetown in Africa.