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UNC students launch campaign to benefit Chatham Habitat for Humanity

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - Will Powell and Greg Allison, both UNC Seniors, are serious about their training for the City of Oaks Marathon and they are serious about raising money for Chatham Habitat for Humanity. "Greg and I have teamed-up with the Chatham affiliate to raise money and awareness about the work that Habitat does to create affordable housing," Powell explains.

While Powell and Allison train for the marathon, which will take place on November 4th in Raleigh, NC, each mile they run raises money for the Chatham affiliate. "Our idea for The Building Phase is grounded in running for something bigger than you," says Allison. As they build "mileage" and fitness "we will also 'build-up' Chatham Habitat by raising money."

Habitat only accomplishes what it does with the help of volunteers like Allison and Powell who are co-hosting work days on the Habitat construction site. "Their idea of recruiting people to sponsor them for each mile of training and racing, and to volunteer with our affiliate is incredibly altruistic" says David Snyder, Resource Development Manager at the Pittsboro affiliate. "We are encouraged that young people are seeking out ways to assist our affiliate that are both unique and satisfying to themselves as individuals." Both Powell and Allison invite and challenge those interested to volunteer on a Chatham Habitat site during their Building Phase work days, which they "anticipate to be a lot of fun and very helpful for Chatham Habitat." says Powell.

This initiative is a labor of love and a great accomplishment for both. These student-athlete-philanthropists will blog throughout their training to keep sponsors engaged in their progress. For additional information on Will and Greg, visit their blog at . Anyone can check on their progress and read their Q&A section about The Building Phase. Powell and Allison invite everyone interested in the status of affordable housing in the Triangle to visit The Building Phase and also visit to get involved. Interested parties may also contact David Snyder at 919-542-0794.

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