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Jumping for a good cause
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CSU Stanislaus seniors Juan Gutierrez and Antonio Gonzalez of Tau Kappa Epsilon participate in a marathon jumping fundraiser on Tuesday to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal

A fraternity at California State University, Stanislaus has found the perfect reason to jump for joy with its 3rd annual Jump for Jude fundraising event. For 30 hours, members from Tau Kappa Epsilon will be jumping on a trampoline to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We think it’s important because we’re ultimately helping the children and trying to get rid of terminal diseases,” said TKE philanthropy chair Alfredo Montes.

The fraternity began its jumping expedition at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and plans to jump until 3 p.m. today, for a total of 30 hours overall. For every hour, at least one member will be jumping on the trampoline, with shifts ranging from 30 minutes to one hour.

While fraternity brothers are busy jumping on the trampoline, remaining members will be busy walking around the quad asking for donations.

“Typically, most people are interested when they see one of our members jumping in the quad and want to know what’s going on,” said Montes. “We see them and approach them for a donation. Most people are willing to donate a couple of dollars.”

All of the proceeds raised during the 30-hour event will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the fraternity’s national philanthropy. Those interested in donating are encouraged to go see the jumping in action in the quad at CSU Stanislaus.