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The Old Dominion University community recently raised $7,815 to aid the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, with half of the funds going to the International Red Cross and the other half to Salvation Army International.

ODU President Roseann Runte led the fund-raising initiative.

The campaign culminated Feb. 19 at the Student Services-sponsored "Late Nighter" in Webb Center. The event itself was responsible for raising nearly $500.

Donations from student organizations and the campus community totaled $5,797, and Aramark contributed $1,894 from its own fund-raising efforts to put the overall total above $7,800.

The Student Government Association-sponsored flea market, which was supported by more than 20 university organizations, earned $1,441, while can-collection donations across the campus netted $406.
The following campus organizations made significant contributions to the campaign: Model U.N., $1,402; Greeks, $1,385; Indian Student Association, $312; Asian American Pacific Student Union, $285; and Residence Life, $85.

"Although these figures provide the facts, what they don't describe are the new friendships and opened lines of communication between international students from the victimized countries and students from the U.S. and elsewhere," said Dana D. Burnett, vice president for student services. "The generous response of our academic community in support of the victims of this tragedy has been inspiring."

This article was posted on: March 14, 2005

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