Two UCF fraternities, Sigma Chi and Alpha Tau Omega, were recently appointed the Polaris Star Student Award for their work at the 7th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The fraternities had set up a donation drive, where over 1,000 toiletries were collected to be sent directly to victims affected in the Orlando area. A flag football tournament was then assembled, where as many as 15 Greek organizations competed, raising more than $1,200 including donations to be contributed towards the Florida Abolitionists, which work together with the Orlando Police Department to take down the trafficking rings around the area.
Tyler Wright, President of Sigma Chi played a big role in organizing the efforts.
“The main reason we chose this organization to support is because all the donations and supplies go directly to aid victims in our own community. Orlando is the third-largest trafficking market, Florida is the third-largest in the US, and the US is the number one buyer in the world,” Wright said. “The experience opened our eyes to just how many women are affected by this in Central Florida and we are very pleased that we could raise awareness for such an incredible company like Florida Abolitionist.”
Both fraternities have stated they will continue to support the cause in the future.