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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 1/26/05
 
SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS COLLECTING FUNDS FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF
      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University student organizations are joining forces to help victims of the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia.
      The Student Government Association is spearheading a campus-wide fundraiser for American Red Cross Tsunami Relief and Recovery Efforts Jan. 31-Feb. 4. SGA President Brett Bova of Hammond said SGA has asked its fellow organizations to help staff a fundraising station in the War Memorial Student Union mall. 
      The organizations will solicit one dollar donations that will be given to the American Red Cross. 
“Our goal is $3,000,” said Bova said. “Combining our efforts to raise money for the disaster will benefit a region that has suffered so much.” 
      According to its web site, the American Red Cross International Response Fund is using donations “to provide tsunami survivors with nutritious food, basic supplies such as tents and hygiene items, basic health care and the support that they’ll need to cope with the unbelievable trauma they’ve experienced.” The organization has pledged that 100 percent of every donation made goes to tsunami relief and recovery efforts. 
      Bova said SGA is also coordinating an effort to organize a Southeastern Red Cross Campus Club. At two- and four-year universities across the nation, the clubs work hand-in-hand with local Red Cross chapters to provide Red Cross-related services to the campus and local community. The services include disaster relief or community disaster education, health and safety activities and training such as first aid and CPR, blood drives, and other community service projects.
     Students interested in joining or helping organize the club are asked to contact Bova via email at brett.bova@selu.edu.