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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2005
CONTACT: Roye Ann Hargrove-Wallace
Office of Community and Disability Services
908-737-5150

Kean University Community Engages in Tsunami Relief Fund-Raiser

UNION, N.J. ––To aid the millions of children and their families that have been affected by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunamis in South Asia and Eastern Africa, Kean University students, faculty administrators and staff have joined together in a fund-raising campaign to support UNICEF’s efforts to deliver relief and reconstruction. Starting Monday, January 24, and continuing for a full month, groups across campus will be setting up donation tables and performing other fund-raising activities.

“Members of the Kean community are not only helping to provide emergency relief, they are also contributing to the reconstruction and rebuilding effort that would positively impact the lives of millions of children in the region for years to come,” said Janice Murray-Laury, vice president for Student Affairs. Roye Ann Hargrove-Wallace, director of the Office of Community and Disability Services, added, “In addition to serving a good cause, students, staff and faculty alike are also becoming educated and aware of the difficulties faced by their global peers.”

In the countries affected by the tsunami, many children have lost the support structures of parents, schools and basic necessities, and their chances of survival are dropping dramatically. To prevent the many tragedies that can occur in the aftermath of a natural disaster, UNICEF is working hard to provide safe drinking water and set up sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of diseases like cholera and diarrhea. Vaccines, vitamins and high-protein biscuits help protect poor children already at risk from malnutrition, infectious disease, epidemics, hunger and respiratory infections. They are also working to construct temporary classrooms and shelters help children begin the healing process.