Basketball fans attending the men’s game Saturday, Jan. 23, against Rhode Island are being asked to donate to a relief fund organized by a Xavier student to benefit the relief effort in Haiti.
Hoops for Haiti plans to donate all proceeds to Partners in Health, a non-profit agency that has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years. The group, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, provides modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world, including Haiti. The organization, based in Boston, employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers in the countries they serve.
Xavier students are familiar with Partners In Health because the common reading book for the class of 2012, "Mountains Beyond Mountains," is about Farmer and his work in Haiti. Student Daniel Francis, who read the book as an incoming freshman, came up with the idea to support the group because of its work in Haiti.
Annual reports and financials, as well as more information about PIH, can be found at the group's web site.