HIGH POINT, N.C., April 21, 2014 – As the Boston Marathon kicks off today, a 6-foot-by-18-foot banner made by High Point University’s Kappa Delta sorority is being displayed at the race to remember those impacted by last year’s tragedy and support this year’s participants.
The HPU chapter of Kappa Delta created the canvas banner for Prayer Canvas USA: America 4 Boston, a nation-wide project to honor the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims and survivors, as well as the city of Boston. Participating organizations, schools and individuals each filled a canvas with inspirational prayers, messages, symbols and paintings. The canvases are hung in multiple locations throughout Boston today and during the month of April. Kappa Delta sent its canvas to Boston in March, and nearly 100 sisters of the sorority participated in decorating the banner.
Many members of the HPU chapter of Kappa Delta are from the Boston area and say they are happy to honor their community and participate in this national effort. One of the founders of Prayer Canvas USA is a Kappa Delta alumna, and contacted the HPU chapter’s president about this opportunity.
“It’s important for us to make an impact and be able to support those that were involved in the tragic Boston bombings, especially since there are so many of us that know people from Boston and were shaken by these events. It’s something that we can contribute to make a huge difference in peoples’ lives,” says Delaney Mahaney, HPU student and Kappa Delta vice president of public relations. “We hope that it will raise awareness and remind those who were involved that they are not alone.”
Across the world, Prayer Canvas USA has collected over 70,000 signatures from supporters in all 50 states and 30 nations since the project’s inception.
The 118th Boston Marathon began today 8:50 a.m.