October 28, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Supports Bawa Health Initiative

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Bawa Health Initiative in conjunction with the team's home fall lacrosse tournament this coming Saturday, Oct. 29. The Bawa Health Initiative is an independent non-profit charitable organization established to provide primary health care to residents of Bawa.

In addition to providing primary health care in Bawa, the Initiative also works to reduce the prevalence of infectious diseases through education and prevention, supply clean drinking water to all residents of Bawa, and to educate the general public about the heavy toll on humanity taken by parasitic diseases in the developing world. It was co-founded in 2005 by Dr. Dennis Richardson, professor of Biology at Quinnipiac University.

Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and junior Emily Mason (Fairfield, Conn.) have each been instrumental in coordinating this weekend's fundraiser events.

"The Quinnipiac Women's lacrosse team is very proud to support the Bawa Health Initiative," said Mason. "Our team is hosting a bake sale and collecting donations for the Bawa Health Initiative, where all the proceeds from the event will go to Bawa for water filters, bug nets and building a health clinic in the village."

"It is a great foundation," said Caroleo. "In the United States, we take for granted clean drinking water, in Bawa that is a luxury."

"I am really pleased to see Marissa and Emily take a leadership role in planning this event," said head coach Danie Caro. "It's easy to just show up, but it takes a much greater commitment to be involved in both the planning and implementation of an event like this. Getting their teammates involved in the event should make it very successful and help them raise money for a very worthy cause."

The women's lacrosse team will compete in their final fall tournament on Saturday, October 29 at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field. Game times are 12:00 pm vs. Manhattan College and 2:30 pm against CW Post.