Penn State

Fiji brothers plan heavy charity push

Some fraternity brothers are planning to prove that you can move mountains if you just try hard enough.

Or, at the very least, you can move a Humvee.

The fraternity is Phi Gamma Delta, better known as Fiji. The event is the Fiji Push.

“It was originally created at Johns Hopkins,” said event chairman Ryan Rudalavage.

That was a few years ago, when the fraternity decided to round up some people to see if they could push a 5,000-pound military vehicle to try to raise some money.

They could. They did. And the idea spread.

This is the second time the Penn State chapter has decided to join in.

“It’s kind of becoming our thing,” Rudalavage said.

That “thing” means getting the National Guard to provide a Humvee, getting teams of eight people to sign up to push it as far and as fast as they can, and finding a place for them to push it.

“It’s kind of difficult to close down a road at Penn State,” Rudalavage said.

The event is taking place at the fraternity house from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at 319 Burrowes St. Participants pay an admission fee of $10 per person or $80 per team, and it isn’t limited to just students or Greeks.

“We would love to have anyone from the community,” said Rudalavage. “Hopefully we get a nice turnout.”

The money goes to support the Liberty USO out of Philadelphia, which provides service to servicemen coming in and out of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as Read>Lead>Achieve, the Pi Beta Phi literacy philanthropy.

“We think it’s going to be a great day, a lot of fun and a way to help two great charities,” Rudalavage said.

The fraternity hopes to pull in $5,000 with the event.