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Who says college kids don't care?
Brie Maaske
Antelope Staff
Photo by Emily Wemhoff
Senior Kayla Rohmiller gives her donation to the Haiti Relief effort. Freshmen Alan Villa and Martha Arroyo (behind the table) collected donations in the student union to help reach the $3,000 goal. "We're just trying to make a difference, even if it's a small difference to the people of Haiti," Villa said. So far the campus has raised $2,452.68.

People all over the world have been stepping up to help the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake earlier this month, even right here at UNK.

Theresa Harrison, director of Conrad Hall, has teamed up with the American Red Cross and organizations around campus to raise money. “I just went to the Red Cross and asked if they were planning on doing any efforts within the Kearney community, and they said that they were.”

Harrison said she called them on a Wednesday, and they had a meeting on Friday to kind of mobilize things within the community. “John Jones, who is the coordinator there, told me to keep in contact with him and any efforts we wanted to do on campus. He was fine with, if we wanted to collect money, we could,” Harrison said.

Then came the plan. “If each of us donated $1, we would raise close to $3,000 to send to the Haiti relief effort. All donations are going go to the American Red Cross. Red Cross teams are focused on purifying the water supply and are delivering clean drinking water to 400,000 people each day.”

Residential and Greek Life and OMA were involved in setting up the relief effort. Harrison also contacted FIJI, Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Office for Service Learning to gather support.
Residents of URS turned the fundraiser into a friendly competition, each pod trying to raise more than the other with the winner receiving an ice cream social. As a whole, they raised $392, more than any other hall.

So far $2452.68 has been raised.

The money collection on campus ended Friday, but Harrison asks that students still donate and help as much as they can.

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