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Trinity Students Respond to Call for Haitian Relief

By Kelsey Wetherbee ’10

Trinity students collect donations to aid relief work in Haiti.

SAN ANTONIO – After Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, Trinity University president Dennis Ahlburg sent a campus-wide e-mail encouraging students to participate in the relief effort.  Students quickly responded, with numerous organizations and individuals donating their time, effort, and money to help.

“I think the campus-wide response has been very supportive,” said Ben Newhouse, associate director of Campus & Community Involvement. “When tragedy strikes in the world, our students model what it means to be an engaged global citizen, and by mobilizing to help others, they demonstrate the positive impact a community can have.”

Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health pre-professional honor society, collected donations in the Coates University Center.  Members raised $300 the first day and more than $1,700 in one week.  All contributions will go to Partners in Health, an organization that provides free healthcare to the people of Haiti. Trinity students learned about Partners in Health when reading Mountains Beyond Mountains last summer as part of the Reading TUgether program.

“Partners in Health gives free healthcare, food, shelter, etc. to anyone in Haiti free of charge, so it seemed to make sense for our club to donate to a medically related organization,” said Thomas Tielleman, senior and president of Alpha Epsilon Delta.

Individual students are also working hard to contribute.  Sophomore William Parker organized a concert on the esplanade in which he, Matt Stieb, and Joe O’Connell performed to raise money.  Mr. Parker was inspired to organize the concert after donating his own money, and wishing he could do more.  “I love performing and playing music for people so I thought it would be a good opportunity to do that for a good cause,” he said. 

There is also more help to come from Trinity students.  Other organizations, such as Black Student Union and Latino Exchange, are planning upcoming fundraisers to continue donating to the relief effort.  There has also been behind-the-scenes involvement from Trinity Diversity Connection and Campus & Community Involvement.


Kelsey Wetherbee is a senior from Double Oak, Texas. She is a candidate for graduation in May with majors in history and communication and a minor in Spanish.

 


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