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Brock urged to give to African famine relief

Posted by Samantha on Sep 15th, 2011 and filed under Top stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

A poster for the Brock Band Aide Concert happening in the Sean O'Sullivan theatre Wednesday, Sept. 28.

A poster for the Brock Band Aide Concert happening in the Sean O'Sullivan theatre Wednesday, Sept. 28.

A senior administrator is putting out a call to the Brock community encouraging them to donate to victims of the famine in East Africa.

Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic, is urging students, staff and faculty to dig deep to support the joint Brock/Niagara College fundraising campaign called “East African Famine — Feed a Mouth, Save a Life — Niagara Responds.” East Africa is in the throes of a famine that has affected 13 million people and killed thousands. Nearly half a million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease (CNN story).

Canada is a privileged country, and global inequality has never been more dramatic, Knuttila said.

“We have a moral and ethical responsibility to the rest of the world,” he said. “This is a tragedy of epic proportions.”

Knuttila is one of several members of the local fundraising group. Money raised will support a humanitarian coalition of five Canadian organizations: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada.

Donations can be made online at the Niagara page at The Humanitarian Coalition website.

The Niagara Relief effort at Brock raised $4,589.32 by the Sept. 16 deadline for matching funds by the Canadian government. Our friends at Avondale raised $425 with their $1 hot dog sale for the relief fund – an event they will be repeating on Friday, Sept. 30.

International Services and Programs Abroad is also co-ordinating a Brock Band Aide Concert on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Members of the Brock and Niagara community will perform a lunch-hour show from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Donations will be accepted at the door.

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