Camp Out to Benefit YouthAIDS 

Students just moved into UMaine last week, and some have picked an unusual location.The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has set up tents in the center of campus as a fundraiser for a group called YouthAIDS.The effort raises money to teach young people in developing nations about safe sex practices, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The fraternity came up with the fundraiser four years ago. They spend all week camping near their tents, collecting donations and educating students about the program.Fraternity member J.D. Kray says fellow students are happy to pitch in. Last year, they raised 14 hundred dollars.”A lot of people are very receptive. They don’t know much about it, so they’ll stop and ask what’s going on, what are we doing. As soon as we tell them, they’re very receptive and think it’s a great cause. And they almost always give money,” Kray says.YouthAIDS targets people from the ages of 15-24 in more than 60 countries.The fraternity brothers spend 24-hours a day at the camp out, although they do take time off for class.They’ll be there until Friday.