‘Hug An Atheist Week’ Fundraiser Will Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This is a guest post by Sam Shore. Sam is the Light the Night Team Coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief (on which I serve on the board).

In 2012, Foundation Beyond Belief raised a record-shattering $430,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by encouraging nonreligious communities to get involved with their local chapters’ Light the Night cancer walks. This year, FBB is taking it a step further by organizing Hug an Atheist Week.

From October 1st to 7th, nonreligious communities are encouraged to set up a table on their college campus, at a friendly house of worship, or other high-traffic area. See the concept in action below, as executed by the Illini Secular Student Alliance — raising hundreds of dollars for cancer research in the process!

RSVP and find out more information on organizing a Hug an Atheist table at the event page on Facebook. This is a great opportunity to engage nonreligious community members in a service project that will give them the opportunity to grow closer as a group while breaking down negative stereotypes and raising money for a truly worthy organization benefitting scientific research and patient care.

Stiefel Freethought Foundation is excited to announce that Secular Student Alliance and CFI On Campus affiliated campus groups who participate in Hug an Atheist Week to support LLS and upload a video showcasing their efforts will receive a $100 grant to offset the costs of participating! Simply fill out the quick and easy webform at the bottom of this page to qualify.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Robster

    Cool bunch, bit strange not seeing a few evil lurking christians hanging around sprouting nonsense. Were they not informed?

  • LP

    I’d like to see freethought groups support a different charity that doesn’t conduct research on animals. LLS does conduct such reaearch, unfortunately, but there are many other worthy medical and cancer charities that do not. There’s a sizable contingent of folks within the freethought movement that care about animal welfare and don’t want to support an organization that harms animals. Please consider all the facts when choosing which charities to support.


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