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‘Hope for Haiti’ on Campus

042110Featue1_HaitiUNCG’s “Hope for Haiti” week will be April 24-29.

For five consecutive days, students from UNCG will be holding an awareness campaign/philanthropy event for Haiti, as they sleep out each night near the Fountain.

During the camp out, members of the university community are invited to raise awareness and funds for Haiti relief.

  • The first night, April 24 at 10 p.m., students will set up cardboard boxes in front of the fountain and camp out overnight.
  • On April 25, the Interior Architecture Department and students in the department will provide “make-shift shelters” for the remainder of the week.
  • On April 26, several student organizations have been invited to participate.
  • On April 27, an educational event will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center in the EUC from 5-7 p.m. Students will be “Skyping” the assistant director of St. Joseph Orphanage in Haiti and meeting with Red Cross Disaster Relief workers.
  • The culmination of the program is a final push for fundraising and a raffle on April 28, follow by the final camp out.
  • The event and shelters will be broken down April 29 at 8 a.m.

Throughout the week students will be raising funds as well as promoting two campus concerts on May 4 and 5, which are also raising funds for Haitian relief.

UNCG’s Hope for Haiti idea was conceived as a result of a desire by the current Homecoming (FallFest) King and Queen to create a campus-wide service initiative as a precedent for future Homecoming contenders.

“After the devastation in Haiti in January, we realized the tremendous impact the earthquake had on Haiti and even members of our own student body,” Homecoming King Michael Tuso said. “As a result we initially partnered with OLSL, Greek Life, and IMPACT (a leadership development class taught by Preston Yarborough [OLSL]) to develop a program to have continued awareness concerning Haiti. Over the course of the planning process we have established many more partners in the university community and are looking forward to the continued support for Haitian relief and awareness.”

As they began their planning, they’d predicted that media coverage would significantly decline as the semester wore on and less attention would be paid to Haiti, making their efforts all the more important.

“Moreover, we also discovered that a student in our community was deeply affected by the tragedies the earthquake brought to Haiti. This particular student’s family owned a company in Haiti and has been significantly strained as a result of the destruction. Knowing the supportive environment that UNCG encompasses, we are attempting to establish a framework for the community to be able to help one of our own students.”

Much of the fundraising from this event will be donated to help with that student’s tuition. In addition, a portion of the funds will be donated to UNICEF, which assists in Haiti, Tuso says.

The campus group can be found on Facebook.  The group is titled “UNCG’s Hope for Haiti.”

Michael Tuso can be reached at mjtuso@uncg.edu.

Photo:  U.S. Air Force.