The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 5, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown students’ Shack-a-Thon spotlights effects of worldwide poverty

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — The Pitt-Johnstown chapter of Habitat for Humanity is holding it’s annual Shack-a-Thon starting Monday.

The three-day event is to draw attention to the devastating effects of poverty worldwide, said Kelsey Suppes, the organization’s chairwoman of public relations.

“This event helps our chapter to build,” she added.

Clubs and organizations from UPJ will spend the night in makeshift shacks they will construct using cardboard, tape, wood and other material, Suppes, 21, said.

The groups will gather at the Campus Mall on Monday to begin construction.

At least one member of each organization will spend Tuesday night in the shack adorned with facts about poverty in various countries, she said.

About five organizations have signed on. The cost is $20.

Judges will decide on Wednesday which group will earn the “Golden Sludge Hammer” award, Suppes said. The groups will tear down the shacks on Thursday.

“Our goal is to eliminate poverty throughout the world, and spreading awareness is one major step to fulfilling our goal,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization.  

For more information, contact Suppes at 241-9398.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on