September 29, 2010

Saluki Project Ignition to get State Farm donation

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki Project Ignition, a Registered Student Organization at Southern Illinois University Carbondale that promotes safety, is getting a boost this week from State Farm’s Safe Neighbors program.

During a special presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in Room 111/112 at the SIUC Student Health Center, State Farm representatives will present a $3,000 donation to Saluki Project Ignition.

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Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to attend a check presentation on Friday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. in the SIUC Student Health Center, Room 111/112. State Farm’s Safe Neighbors Program will be donating $3,000 to Saluki Project Ignition, a Registered Student Organization, to assist with efforts to improve roadway safety in the SIUC community.

The State Farm Safe Neighbors program is about improving driver, vehicle and roadway safety, which is in keeping with Saluki Project Ignition’s mission of using peer influence to reduce risks associated with driving and other roadway behaviors within the SIUC community, according to Michelle McLernon, outreach coordinator for the Student Health Center’s Wellness Center.

Project Ignition came to the SIUC campus in 2009 and features a number of components including the DD Dawg (designated driver) Program. Resembling a driver’s license, the DD Dawg cards identify designated drivers and on the back list participating restaurants and bars where designated student drivers can enjoy free sodas or other incentives as they remain sober to serve as a designated driver for friends. The State Farm contribution will assist with all of Saluki Project Ignition’s initiatives to reduce distracted driving and improve safe crosswalk behavior, McLernon said.

Saluki Project Ignition student officers Jesse Sinadinos, president, and Aisha Alhassan, vice president, will be on hand for the donation presentation Friday.

For more information about Saluki Project Ignition, contact the Wellness Center t 618/536-4441.