Trinity Western University

1979

What-a-thon?

The late 1960s and 1970s were the era of the anything-a-thon. Trinity students planned and participated in walk-a-thons, work-a-thons, bike-a-thons, and clean-a-thons.  Often these events served as fundraisers, but they were much more than that; they brought the campus community together and forged lifelong friendships.

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    Walk-a-thon

    Students setting out along Glover Road, ca. 1969

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3028]

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    Walk-a-thon

    A tractor pulling the “March to the Arch” trailer; students walked from Trinity to Peace Arch Park to raise funds for library books, ca. 1970

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3007]

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    Work-a-thon

    Students and staff pouring the concrete sidewalks in front of the Arts and Sciences Building, ca. 1979

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3053]

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    Bike-a-thon

    Between May 29 and June 18, 1979, ten students participated in a bike-a-thon, cycling from Trinity to Fresno, California.  “Besides riding for fitness, witness and fun, these cyclists hope to raise $50,000 for needed athletic equipment and facilities …”

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    Timothy Voss, quoted in the Trinity Western Wheels brochure
    [TWU Archives: F 69 B 1 File 6]

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    In His Own Words ...

    Former Dean Leland Asa remembers the days of the anything-a-thon, 1983.

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    [TWU Archives: Oral History Collection Aud 218; transcript of this 1983 interview with Leland Asa available online.]

    [26:22] Leland Asa: We started out with walk-a-thons.  We would walk to the Peace Arch, and get pledges to raise money for special projects, such as -- I'm not sure what the projects were now.  I think they were something like library books.  Later it was thought by some people that instead of just walking we should do something constructive and so we had what we called work-a-thons, and the students would pledge so many hours of work in return for a contribution for a project. And then we had other work-a-thons where we would just declare a holiday on campus and do a spring clean-up of the campus, mowing grass, trimming trees.  One year faculty members --Dick Walters, and Benno Friesen, Les Garrison, perhaps Cal Hanson, and I -- ran the cement in front of the chapel. 

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