Campus responds to tsunami
As people around the world did, members of the U of S campus community came together in a variety of ways to recognize the suffering of people affected by the Dec. 26 South Asian tsunami and to find ways to help.
President Peter MacKinnon urged people to support campus relief efforts and he spoke at an hour-long Jan. 12 multifaith memorial service held in St. Thomas More Chapel to recognize the 150,000 people who died in the disaster.
The University flag atop the Thorvaldson Building was set to fly at half-mast on Jan. 5 to pay respect to the South Asian nations hit by the tsunami.
Students in the College of Kinesiology held a four-day fundraising drive in the PAC Jan. 5, 6, 7 and 10 and raised $1,175 which was split between CARE Canada and Save the Children Canada. The money will be matched by the federal government. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and friends of the college participated.
The India and Indonesian Students’ Associations and the Sri Lankan community raised funds for the Red Cross Jan. 6 and 7 in many locations across campus.
Jan. 7 and 8, the Hindu and Malaysian Students’ Associations along with Engineers Without Borders and Health Everywhere held a 24-hour fast, raising pledged donations for the relief effort.
The Canadian Federation of University Women held a sold-out luncheon at the Park Town Hotel, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.
Jan. 19, the Huskies women’s hockey team played a game against a team of Saskatoon school teachers at Rutherford Rink. Admission was a donation for tsunami relief, and a Huskie hockey jersey raffle was held to raise even more money.
During the upcoming Jan. 31–Feb. 4 International Week on campus, the Red Cross will be receiving donations for tsunami relief, and several of the international students’ clubs will donate a portion of their proceeds from the week to the relief effort.