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College students holding a ‘Hug an Atheist Week’

There’ll be something interesting happening on college campuses across the US and Canada next week. CFI (Center For Inquiry) On Campus and the Foundation Beyond Belief are sponsoring ‘Hug an Atheist Week’ October 1-7. Nonreligious student groups are being encouraged to set up booths where they will offer anything from a handshake to a group hug for a modest fee to passersby (check out the video from last year’s event). The money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the event is associated with that charity’s Light the Night walks. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was founded to provide financial support for scientific research, educational efforts, and patient care for these diseases. A similar event last year raised $430,000 for LLS and, according to the Foundation Beyond Belief, was “the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team and the 4th largest amount raised by any team in the nation in 2012, including corporate teams.” Their aim this year is for freethought groups to raise $500,000 for LLS.

University of Illinois students during Hug an Atheist Week in 2012.

The Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings together compassionate humanists in support of outstanding secular and nonproselytizing charities. You can find out more about their mission here.

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