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Students and Staff Rally For Haiti Relief
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010
Written By:  Marisa Olson
Contact:  Marisa Olson
Contact Email:  m.olson@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 lasted a mere 35 seconds, but caused damage far beyond human comprehension. Since that tragic day, the students and staff at University of the Sciences have devoted numerous hours to raising funds for survivors and victims of the devastating earthquake.

Thanks to a collective campus sweet-tooth, bake sales proved a strong fundraising tool for the cause:

· The United Christian Fellowship and Circle K partnered to raise an impressive $825.

· The Department of Campus Recreation and the Pre-Med Society raised $140 and $80 respectively.

· The Student Occupational Therapy Association showed that every penny counts by holding a penny drive that raised $131.

· After learning about the deaths of seven orphans living in the Al Mahdi Islamic Centre in Port au Prince, the Muslim Students Association organized a bake sale that raised $606. The money was donated through www.oppression.org and helped to send two teams to Haiti, where they’re providing earthquake victims food, shelter, medical care, and more.

Student Riddhi Patel DPT’11, who helped coordinate the Department of Campus Recreation fundraiser, said that despite being more than 1,000 miles away from Haiti, she felt the call to help. “Thousands of people were dying and we wanted to do whatever we could to help them. Despite our differences, we came together to help each other in a time of need and that is what it’s all about that the end of the day.”

As the tragedy in Haiti continues to unfold, campus organizations will be offering more opportunities to make a difference. The Muslim Students Association is planning to place donation jars throughout campus and to devote all donations from their upcoming spring events to the cause.

The Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Club and Delta Chi are organizing a "To Haiti with Love" date auction to raise money for Haiti and increase awareness about the devastating impact the earthquake has had on the country. The event, originally scheduled for Feb. 25, is being rescheduled due to weather. The event will be open to everyone - stay tuned for more information.

Service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega is partnering with Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first year students, to organize a dance for Haiti relief. The semiformal dance will be held in March or April.

It’s an age-old myth that the young adults of today don’t care enough to make a difference in the world. The generous efforts of the University’s students and staff prove that all of us have the power make a difference.

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