Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWVA have a new fundraiser initiative with the help of former Hokie Christian Darrisaw

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Former Virginia Tech football player and current Minnesota Viking Christian Darrisaw was in Roanoke Wednesday for a special reason. He is an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia and is promoting the organization’s social media fitness challenge fundraiser.

“I just really like the cause. I just like the location. For me really, Blacksburg really took me in. How it would be or a few years, coming to Blacksburg with all of the mountains it was different. People took me in like I was one of theirs. That is what hit home to say this is home just like Virginia Tech is really is true. I had to come back and I didn’t have to but I wanted to come back in order to give back,” said Darrisaw.

Darrisaw has a heart of gold in giving time to an organization he cares about. He is back to help kick off the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia’s plan to raise money in the form of a social media fitness challenge.

RMHC Development Director Stephanie Carroll says creating these fitness challenge videos is very similar to the popular Ice Bucket Challenge a few years ago.

“So you raise money. You do your own fitness challenge. It doesn’t matter if it is five bucks if you have kids collecting pennies and they do a fitness video, whatever they want to do, then post it to social media. Make sure it comes back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia. It will be available for the website to get out to social media, TikTok, and all of the other areas we will be putting up billboards,” said Carroll.

With Darrisaw and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia being teammates for this and other plans, it is a win win for both sides.

“He will be a tool for us to have funds we can do cool stuff, we have families with kids to have awareness to have what the Ronald McDonald House actually does,” Carroll said.

“It is definitely special. So at the end of the season, it is one of the first things I want to do! To go back and give back to the community. During the interview process, NFL coaches would ask me if I had and big off the field accomplishments and it hit me, like, I really don’t so I called my marketing advisor. So I said, ‘hey it is time for me to start giving back to the community. I wanna do it but I didn’t know when.’ Right there in that moment, yeah I want to do that. When he brought this opportunity and laid it right in front of me, I said, ‘this is something I want to do!’ Now we are here,” said Darrisaw.

“It is so special for me sometimes I cry. To be able to get someone who cares enough. To want to jump in. He just got a huge career change. But he still loves the Ronald McDonald House. He still loves us. He still loves the mission. So for me how special is he? It is like handing me the moon. He is such a genuine good hearted man. He is grounded moralistically and a wonderful person and he is like a diamond to me right now. He is amazing,” said Carroll.

Carroll says the goal is to raise $100,000 for this program.

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