Salve Hearts for Haiti Raises $12K

Saturday, January 29, 2011

 

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Salve Regina University students who raised more than $21,000 to help rebuild a primary school destroyed during the earthquake in Haiti last year will present a check to Tom and Mary Lou Larkin, founders of Haiti Marycare in Port-Au-Prince, during a ceremony this Tuesday. Participating students have organized a day-long celebration leading up to the check presentation that will include Haitian food served in the school’s Miley Hall cafeteria during lunch, the selling of T-shirts and bracelets, a Haitian-style poetry slam, and Haitian music and dance performances.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally

“This is a large accomplishment and we could not have done it without the support of the entire Salve community,” said Megan Welsh, a co-founder of Salve Hearts for Haiti, which organized several fundraising events on campus during the past year. “The campus-wide support made our effort even more special as we were able to unite in a time of crisis to help the thousands of people whose lives were destroyed.”

Salve Hearts for Haiti’s fundraising events during the past year included a Tent City celebration (during a downpour, pictured here), T-shirt and Help Haiti bracelet sales, penny wars, the showing of a film at the Jane Pickens Theatre and a dress-down day for faculty and staff. “We certainly worked hard for our accomplishments,” Welsh conceded days before the presentation. Other founders of the group are Kelsey Fitzgibbons, Emilie Gallo, and Sunny-Dae Larson. Welsh said the group wanted to donate to the rebuilding of a school for two reasons. “We see education and empowerment as the only way to overcome poverty, and we hoped to establish a bond of ongoing support with Haiti Marycare, the school and the surrounding community in Port-Au-Prince … We recognize that Haiti does not only need the immediate relief of food, water and shelter, but also a school that would continue to educate many generations and provide sustainability for the community.”
 

 
 

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