Most people would not be keen on shaving their head, but talk to Milena Pisani, and the senior civil engineering major breaks out in a big smile at the mention of it.
“I always had a secret desire to do it and felt I needed a reason to do it,” she said. “People listen so much more to my cause because of it.”
Pisani is referring to Hair2Honduras, a cause she developed. If she raises $2,500, she will shave her head on the Daytona stage during Dayton to Daytona.
She will use the $2,500 in the fall to travel to Honduras, where she will help construct water purification systems.
“I was there last summer,” she said. “There was no clean water.”
The village Pisani would be working in has water, but it is not purified or stored properly and is left exposed to mosquitoes and other elements of disease.
“You completely re-evaluate the meaning of ‘poor,’” she said.
Pisani wants to return in September to continue learning.
“I want to study how to make community projects happen and how to make something sustainable,” she said.
Pisani has currently raised $1,100 dollars and will continue accepting donations until the week of May 7, and perhaps after.
Pisani is also competing for a Fulbright scholarship for the trip, and if she receives it, plans to donate all Hair2Honduras collections to Heart to Honduras, “a holistic organization centered in Christ with a goal to address the spiritual and physical needs of the poor in Honduras and beyond,” according to its website.
Either way, Pisani says she believes it will be a fulfilling experience where good work will be done.
“I expect a huge change in my faith and world view,” she said.