Jan 28 2010 Chester Chronicle
STUDENTS at the University of Chester have been doing their bit to help victims of the Haiti Earthquake by raising more than £2,000 for the appeal.
Clubs and societies at the university, along with both the Chester Students’ Union President and Vice-President, organised a range of events within days of the disaster and have already raised approximately £2,200 for the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake appeal.
The events kicked-off with Hugs for Haiti early last week, during which members of the University’s People and Planet Society embraced staff, students and visitors around the Parkgate Road campus in return for a donation.
Two days of standing through rain, sleet and strong wind paid dividends with around £400 being raised.
Jenni Moss was one of the students from the People and Planet Society who took part in Hugs for Haiti, and says it’s something the group all felt strongly about.
Jenni said: “We just wanted to make a difference, even if it is a drop in the ocean in terms of fundraising.
“We were horrified at the scenes that were being beamed back from Haiti on television, as was the whole world, and we felt a bit helpless.
“By doing our bit, hopefully it will help to bring comfort in some form to the victims of this devastating disaster.”
The events arranged by students have continued since with so many wanting to play their part.
The University Rowing Team continued the hard work with a 12 hour rowathon on Friday, raising a further £400, followed by a group of third year geography students who raised £800 with a Penny for a Pound appeal, in which they drew an outline of Haiti and asked passers-by to help fill the middle with donations.
Finally, both the Students’ Union President Jamie Northrop and Warrington-based vice-president Oliver Howard carried out an impromptu sponsored head-shaving on Friday evening which raised in excess of £550.
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