HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10, 2014 – Members of the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority at High Point University installed a memorial walkway on the High Point Greenway on April 6 to honor those affected by cancer. Pink trees and flowers were planted throughout the greenway as part of the sorority’s first annual “Digging for Hope” event.
The project was initiated because the chapter wanted to give back in a big way to High Point. Last year, the sisters renovated three homes in the area, kick-starting their community philanthropy.
The new walkway serves as a place for everyone in the city to reflect on the strength of those impacted by the disease. It is located along the portion of the greenway that runs through campus.
“Cancer has touched and affected many lives not only in our sorority, our university and the High Point Community,” says HPU senior Alyssa Hunt, “but also every community from which every student has come.”
HPU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter was also present to spread mulch, sand and paint the walkway bridge, remove brush from the stream and plant trees.
The Digging for Hope project is a three year coalition campaign. Donations to the campaign will fund breast cancer education and awareness through the next few years. Going forward, the sorority hopes to host a Digging for Hope event each year to further build on the memorial walkway, including adding a memorial bench and prayer bridge.