Fayette, IA (January 15, 2010) —Upper Iowa University Sr. Vice President for International Programs DeWayne Frazier sent out an internal appeal to faculty and staff to engage in several fundraisers in response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12. The seismic activity was the worst in the region in more than 200 years and, to date, as many as 50,000 people are feared dead.
Upper Iowa will be partnering with Sodexo Food Services to offer a special $5.00 lunch in the cafeteria on Thursday, Jan. 22, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the relief effort for Haiti. There will also be a donation jar available to anyone who desires to give more, as well as information about Haiti on each cafeteria table to help raise awareness about the country.
On Friday, Jan. 23 a “dress-down” day will be held at all UIU Center locations across the United States. For $5.00, employees will be allowed to wear jeans; and all money collected will also go toward the UIU relief fund. Upper Iowa will also be working with students to develop other fundraising initiatives in the United States and at its International centers.
According to Frazier, in reviewing the most pressing needs in Haiti, the University noted there is a huge shortage of medical supplies so all UIU contributions will go to support Doctors without Borders and be earmarked for Haiti relief efforts. “Haiti is already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere by a significant margin, and this disaster only intensifies the need for assistance,” he said. “The people in Haiti are facing hardships that many of us cannot even imagine.”
For more information about Doctors without Borders, go to http://doctorswithoutborders.org/
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