Fundraising continues for Haiti earthquake relief


Michael Bidochka, Fiona Hunter and Joffre Mercier perform Irish music to raise money for the Haiti relief effort.

It’s only the first week of the campaign, and Brock people are already opening their hearts and wallets for the relief effort in Haiti.

A Red Cross online donation portal for Brock opened Monday. As of Wednesday morning, more than $2,000 had been donated to help the earthquake-ravaged country, said John Kaethler, director of International Services. International Services spearheaded Brock’s Haiti fundraising efforts, which includes staff and student groups around campus.

“It’s been good. It’s been very good,” Kaethler said of the response. “But the need is so great.”

The portal is located at About 20 coin boxes are located around campus. Other fundraising efforts include:

  • A bake sale Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MacKenzie Chown A block. The sale is organized by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. There will be a second bake sale on Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a silent auction with a chance to win personal training sessions at The Zone, Brock memorabilia and more.
  • A Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night Jan. 20 at Isaac’s Pub featuring Bobby Mair and John Ki. Doors open at 9 p.m.
  • A samosa sale. International Services is taking orders until Jan. 29, followed by a general sale Feb. 3 in MacKenzie Chown A block. The cost is $1 per samosa or $10 per dozen (which includes two sauces per dozen). There will be an automatic delivery charge of $2 per order. Send completed order forms, with money, to the Office of International Services (DeCew 209). Click here to download the order form.

On Wednesday, professors Joffre Mercier, Fiona Hunter and Michael Bidochka – all from Biological Sciences – played Irish music in the Schmon Tower lobby at noon. The performance raised more than $400.

The Campus Store is also participating, offering customers the ability to add a donation to the price of their purchase. The Brock University Students’ Union is also holding a euchre tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. (Players can pre-register here.)

Quick links:
Red Cross donation portal
Samosa order form
BUSU euchre registration form

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