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Universities raise more than $81,000 for tsunami victims

Month-long effort involved students, faculty and staff from Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati and Xavier

02/11/05

Three Cincinnati universities collaborated to raise more than $81,000 for tsunami relief efforts. The month-long effort involved students, faculty and staff from Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.

Their combined efforts have raised $81,925.05 to help people devastated by the December tsunami in Africa and Asia.

The results of the campaign were announced by UC President Nancy L. Zimpher, University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and NKU President James C. Votruba at the Crosstown Shootout. At the announcement, students representing the three universities and the 12 countries affected by the tsunami held the flags of their home countries–Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.
 
The fund-raising campaign was launched on each campus on Jan. 11 and ran through Feb. 9. On Jan. 26, midway through the fund-raising campaign and one month after disaster struck across the Indian Ocean, the campuses of all three universities observed a simultaneous moment of silence in memory of the victims.

Fund-raising efforts at the three universities included competitive drives between residence halls, an international cuisine dinner, collections at sporting events and a salsa dance.
 
Beneficiaries of the combined effort include the American Red Cross, Jesuit Refugee Fund, Nurani Dunia Foundation, Lanka Academic, Association for India's Development and the International Medical Health Organization.