The Filipino Student Association (FSA) is spearheading a campus-wide humanitarian effort, linking with other student groups and organizations, to raise funds to aid survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines on November 8, killing thousands of people.
Beginning this week, FSA members will sell customized Give Tanks tank tops in the breezeway and at fundraising events across campus. On Thursday, December December 5, the FSA will partner with the Creative Writing Program and the Mangrove Literary Journal to host a special USPEAK Readathon at the Rock Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when sponsored students can read original poems or short stories, play music, or dance. Poets for Hire will be standing by to write poems for those who need one. Performances will be limited to three minutes.
FSA is also working with Hurricane Productions to raise funds during the Winter Wonderland end-of-semester celebration on Friday, December 6.
FSA also has set up a website, www.crowdrise.com/umtyphoon, to collect online donations with a goal of raising $10,000. All proceeds from the website and fundraisers, which given the monumental need, will continue through the spring semester, will go to the American Red Cross for its post-Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
Also supporting the relief efforts are the Butler Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government, Council of International Students and Organizations, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Asian American Students Association, Alliance of Latin American Students, Colombian Students Association, Delta Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Phi, and Lambda Theta Alpha. All events will be posted on the fundraiser’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/umtyphoon).