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RC students step up for Haiti

Wednesday, January 27, 2010  
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For immediate release – 1/27/10
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374

Students at Rockford College have seen the images and heard the stories about the devastation in Haiti following an earthquake two weeks ago. Now they’re stepping up to help.

The college’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) are holding a Haiti Relief Challenge on campus this week urging students to give to a fund which will then go to Haiti relief efforts. The SGA will match the total amount donated up to $1,000.

"We're challenging students to help us raise money for this important cause,” says Khetsiwe Dlamini, SGA president. "And as an incentive, we as an organization will donate as well. We think it is important as students to be counted among the many who have given already to the relief efforts.”

Adds Lindsay Kent, coordinator of the Jane Addams Center: "Rockford College has always lent a hand to those in need, both in the community and beyond. These efforts are in keeping with our commitment of service and caring.”

The groups kicked off their drive today at the college’s Clubs and Involvement Fair in Regents Hall of the Burpee Center. They are also setting up collection points at campus events where JACCE is giving out hot chocolate to anyone who donates.

Earlier, college president Robert L. Head had urged the entire college community to consider giving to the Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross and other bona fide agencies. 


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