A mini walk supporting the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the homeless raised over $200 last Wednesday. photo by Gregory Connolly.

Even though the weather is turning brisk, George Mason University students turned out to take part in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Mini-Walk on Wednesday.

The mini-walk, designed to spread awareness and raise money for the homeless, was sponsored by the coed business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and attracted 33 walkers while raising $225. Seventeen walkers registered early with a $15 donation. Beginning at Fenwick Library, the walk lasted 10 minutes and circled campus.

The mini-walk is part of an annual program sponsored by Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise that deals with mortgages. Mini-walks are done throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The proceeds are given to one of about 120 beneficiary organizations that operate in the area, said Rufaro Mandizvidza, co-vice president of community service for Delta Sigma Pi.

The mini-walk benefited the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless.

“We picked this organization because they have done a few other things on campus,” said Mandizvidza, a junior economics major. She said Delta Sigma Pi was approached by members of the coalition who wanted to organize a mini-walk on Mason’s campus.

The mini-walks across the country lead up to the Help the Homeless Walkathon in Washington on Nov. 20.

Anyone interested in participating in the national walk can pre-register up until Nov. 18 at www.helpthehomelessdc.org.