Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka

If you have ever been to Hawaii, you know that Hawaiians have a unique culture all their own. The spirit of “Aloha” (which means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy) greets you when you board a plane to the islands and holds on to you long after.

At Loyola, we recently took some inspiration from the warmth of Hawaiian culture to wish a very “Merry Christmas” to those in need. Earlier this month, Loyola students took the IC Plunge for the sixth year in a row. A benefit designed to provide awareness for students in northern Uganda, the IC Plunge is dedicated to Invisible Conflicts, an organization that seeks to bring attention to domestic and worldwide social justice issues that have been largely ignored by the media. Funds raised from the IC Plunge go toward schooling for children who have been displaced by wars in northern Uganda.

December 3 was a cool Saturday, just under 50 degrees, and the water in Lake Michigan this time of year is roughly 40 degrees. And while 50 degrees in Chicago in December is considered warm, it is a far stretch from the balmy Hawaiian island temps. Still, the spirit of Aloha was visibly present as Loyola students put on their best tropical weather gear to try to bring some awareness to the issues facing school-aged students in Uganda. Take a look.

The IC Plunge is just one of the many ways that members of the Loyola Community get involved and make a difference. See how you can make an impact.

We wish you the best this Holiday season!

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