Kwantlen students are still doing their part to raise money for Haiti.
On Jan. 22, Charles Quist-Adade, his Sociology 1125 class and the Ghanian-Canadian Association of B.C. threw a fundraiser, which raised $2,565 for Doctors Without Borders and the Canadian Red Cross.
(Update: Fund-raising continued after the event and the amount raised has grown to $2,800.)
Quist-Adade was thrilled with the amount of money donated, and said he was expecting to only raise about $500.
“It’s really upsetting to see what’s going on. It’s just scary to see that something can happen out of nowhere,” said Jasman Virdi, a sociology student. “It’s good that everyone is pulling together to help out all around the world.”
The highlight of the event was local poet Kevan Cameron.
Cameron recited three poems about African-American culture, modern society and playing scrabble with his mother.
KSA campus councils have also been raising money after the Richmond KSA challenged Surrey and Langley to a fundraising competition for World Vision.
Altogether the KSA raised $1,132 from students, and will matching $1,077 of it, said Reena Bali, the Richmond campus director
Richmond students donated $928; Surrey students donated $148; and Langley students $55.
Bali said she will be taking the competition further, by challenging the university to match the donation.
Kwantlen’s president David Atkinson sent out a letter encouraging students to do what they can for Haiti, but has yet to announce any donation from the university.
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In an effort to raise money for Haiti, the Richmond campus Kwantlen Student Association exchanged cereal for donations to World Vision yesterday.
Reena Bali, Richmond campus director, said the KSA no goal for the amount of money it wants to raise, but said that the KSA will try and match every dollar donated.
â€œWeâ€™re just hoping for anything, because for them even a little is a lot,â€ said Bali.
The KSA had originally planned a free toast and warm breakfast for students, but with the crisis in Haiti they decided to change the breakfast into a fundraiser.
The KSA at Richmond campus will be accepting donations until the end of the week, and urges people to donate whatever they can to World Vision or a similar charity.
Bali also advises people to research the charities to make sure that all the proceeds go towards the people of Haiti.