Is that the word “poop” in the headline? Yes! It’s moose poop, small dry oval nuggets that Honesdale High School’s Interact Club sells to raise money to fight polio worldwide. The club, part of Rotary International,will hold it’s 2nd Annual Moose Poop Palooza this summer.
Poop Palooza is literally a freeze dried poop launch, a game, to help Interact students make a difference in the world. Here’s how Poop Palooza works: Moose poops will be numbered. Buy a moose poop ticket for $5 or six for $25. On the launch date, the poop will be dropped from a ladder truck by a local fireman. The 15 poops closest to a special target will win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or one of 12 additional donated gift baskets.
The Moose Poop Palooza benefits the club’s Purple Pinky Project, a globally recognized fundraiser that aids the Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate this deadly disease. Rotary, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since it first began vaccinating children in the Philippines in 1979. When they’re vaccinated, children in many third world countries have their pinkies dyed pink to prove they’ve been vaccinated.
Moose Poop Palooza will also help raise monies for Interact’s Kids’ Care Program, where high school students team up with elementary school children at Lakeside and Stourbridge Schools.
“Our fundraisers may sound ridiculous, but they help draw attention to needs both locally and globally.” says Hunter Stephens, Interact President, “to think that by selling one piece of moose poop, 4 children can get a vaccine in Pakistan or Afghanistan, that’s powerful and we are proud to be part of it.”
Students will announce the Moose Poop Palooza date soon and you’ll be able to buy your own piece of moose poop online or from the students.