Snow Angels for a Cause (With Photos)

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    Young and old joined together at UMD to create their unique snow angels to help those in Ethiopia

    (Krista Burns)

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February 9, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Making snow angels is a staple of wintery fun, but for some at the University of Minnesota Duluth, it became a cause.

1,877 people filed into Griggs Field at UMD to help raise money for Global Team for Local Initiatives, an organization that supports the indigenous people in Ethiopia affected by climate change.

The Rotary of Duluth Club 25 in partnership with Proctor High School DECA came up with the idea not only to try to break a world record, but also to help implement projects related to water, sanitation and hygiene, income generation, and functional adult literacy for those in Ethiopia.

"We are so blessed here locally with fresh water that we really wanted to do an event where we can promote that we are really blessed and fortunate to have all this water here," says event coordinator Crystal Taylor. "There's a lot of people in this world who are not as fortunate and don't have that."

The Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause event was hoping to attract 9,000 people to break the world record of the number of people making snow angels simultaneously. However, organizers say that they are just glad to get any number of people out to support their cause.

"To me it really means community and people showing their pride for our community and wanting to give back to more than just our local area," says Taylor. "It's really about the global cause."

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns