UNICEF Presents: Dodging Polio

by: Azka Khan


In the Middle East, especially in war-torn Syria, there has been a reemergence of a polio outbreak. Polio is a highly contagious virus that can infect and paralyze a child in mere hours.  As a result, UNICEF has launched the biggest campaign against polio known in the history of the Middle East in order to increase immunization rates and combat this deadly virus.

The Benedictine UNICEF chapter has joined the fight against polio by hosting a dodgeball tournament in order to raise money for the campaign. The tournament will be on Sunday, March 30th from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Rice Center, with a grand prize for the winning team.

Teams will cost $24 each and need to have at least six players and a maximum of eight players. Teams can register in advance, but walk-in registration will take place at the time of the event. Registration will take place on Tuesday and Thursday this week from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kindlon Atrium. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards polio vaccines for the children of Syria. This event is open to the public and anyone is invited to participate.

Although this is the first time Benedictine UNICEF is hosting a dodgeball tournament, they are known for their creative fundraising as seen with “Taste the Change” fundraisers. Additionally, students are ready to play the old sport commonly played in middle school and high school.

“It’s a way for students to have fun while supporting an excellent cause,” said Sree Bodepudi, UNICEF Secretary.

UNICEF is calling for Benedictine support, because with a significant Arab population on campus, this issue personally affects many students. This event will also provide necessary awareness about the polio outbreak.

“Many people are aware of the crisis in Syria and this is a [unique] way students can help,” added Bodepudi.

To register or ask questions please email