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Trent University Community Responds to Devastation in Asia

Among the fundraising activities taking in support of tsunami relief, are the following:

  • Trent's World Affairs Colloquium committee urged Trent student groups to support World University Service of Canada's (WUSC) project in Sri Lanka through their fundraising activities. WUSC's PRET was discussed as a model for how best sustainable development could work.TIP Director Michael Allcott made a leadership challenge to student groups. He stated that if fundraising events successfully reach across cultural divides and are truly inclusive of people from all over campus/all over the world, University leaders (including the President and the TIP Director) would personally donate funds to match up to $1,200. These donations will go to WUSC.
  • Sri Lankan students at Trent have been collecting donations for WUSC's efforts in their country since January 10. 
  • Trent International Women's Group ran a bake sale the week of January 17 to support WUSC.
  • South Asians at Trent (SAAT) will hold a Tsunami Relief event at The Rooster, a nightclub in downtown Peterborough on Jan 29. Proceeds will go to WUSC.
  • Champlain College student leaders held a coffee-house event in The Ceilie (student pub), on January 18 as a benefit for WUSC.
  • Islam Awareness Week (Jan 24-27), sponsored by the Trent Muslim Student Association, will include a Middle-Eastern Bake Sale; proceeds to go to WUSC.
  • Sri Lankan students at Trent are working with Aramark, the campus food service provider to hold a multi-cultural dinner in the Peter Robinson dining hall at Gzowski College. The menu will feature foods from all the countries affected by the tsunami. Proceeds will go to WUSC.
  • The band BobCajun, which consists entirely of Trent grads representing the 70s, 80s and 90s are participating in a fundraising dance Jan 21, in aid of the Canadian Red Cross for Tsunami Relief. The Peterborough County-based quartet BobCajun play traditional Cajun two-steps and waltzes from Louisiana on the accordion, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, ‘ti fer (triangle), and frattoir (washboard). The Tsunami Relief Benefit Dance takes place at the Montreal House (corner of Alymer and King streets in Peterborough). It begins at 8:30 p.m. with Cajun Two-Step and Waltz lessons led by two instructors who have traveled throughout North America teaching dance. Entry is by donation. Tax receipts will be available for donations of $10 or more. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Canadian Red Cross, allowing the Red Cross to bring much-need emergency supplies in Tsunami-affected areas as well as participate in long-term reconstruction.

Posted January 21, 2005

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