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April 6, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Donnally, Concerned, Active and Aware Students, (785) 550-4905; Rashida Banerjee, KU UNICEF, (785) 812-1448.

KU groups, athletics department raise $8,800 for tsunami relief


LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas student groups, the KU athletics department and the KU Memorial Unions joined together to raise $8,800 during the KU Campaign for Tsunami Relief from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4.

The campaign was in response to the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami that struck several countries in the Indian Ocean region. The tsunami killed more than 162,000, left 143,000 missing and presumed dead, and made 943,000 more people homeless, according to official U.N. estimates.

Concerned, Active and Aware Students and KU UNICEF worked with several student organizations to raise the money for the American Red Cross and UNICEF. Students performed more than 320 hours of community service.

" The KU Campaign for Tsunami Relief was a tremendous success due to the compassion and generosity of KU students and faculty," said Jennifer Donnally, president of Concerned, Active and Aware Students and coordinator of the relief campaign. "When given the opportunity, KU students eagerly did what they could to aid the victims of the tsunami and made a difference."

The KU athletics department helped raise $5,000 of the total money by having collections at the KU-Nebraska men's basketball game on Jan. 19 and the KU-Missouri women's game on Jan. 22.

In addition, KU Memorial Unions agreed to donate 10 percent of its profits from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 to the relief campaign from purchases of customers who specifically asked to donate.

Efforts by student groups included on-campus fundraising, a presentation of a lecture by Don Steeples, McGee distinguished professor of geology, on tsunamis and a candlelight vigil.

Concerned, Active and Aware Students is a service organization under the Center for Community Outreach at KU that focuses on educating students about social, environmental and political issues through service. KU UNICEF is a campus initiative for UNICEF at KU. It is a grassroots movement that believes that college students can make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

Organizations that participated in the KU Campaign for Tsunami Relief are:

Center for Community Outreach
Delta Force
Environmental Law Society
Interfraternity Council
International Student Association
Jayrock Campus Ministry
Kansas Association of Planning Students
KU Cultural Club of India
KU UNICEF
Panhellenic Association
Soka Gakkai International USA
Sri Lankan Student Association
Stouffer Place Neighborhood Association
Student Senate
KU scholarship halls
KU residence halls

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