RSOs unite to raise money for Haiti

Uchicago for Haiti, which will table in the Reynolds Club, has a benefit concert planned for February

By Gabe Valley

In response to the destruction in Haiti last week, representatives from several RSOs met Sunday night to form UChicago for Haiti. The group will fundraise for relief efforts in Haiti.

Proceeds will be split between Partners in Health, a health care outreach organization that has worked in Haiti for over 20 years, and the Red Cross, according to fourth-year Adama Wiltshire, a group leader and president of the arts outreach RSO Beats and Pieces.

“We want to unite the efforts of all the student groups on campus,” said third-year Nancy Kasvosve, vice president of the African and Caribbean Students Association.

Several student organizations have separately raised over $2,400 in donations through tabling in the Reynolds Club, but students want to ensure the process doesn’t stop when tabling ends on Friday.

“Relief does not end in the winter,” said fourth-year Brittany Little, a representative of Fabulous Individuals Embracing Respect, Consciousness and Empowerment (FIERCE), a participating group that aims to bring together women of color on campus and in the community.

Groups affiliated with UChicago for Haiti will be sponsoring events in the near future, including a Beats and Pieces fundraising concert in February. UChicago for Haiti will also set up collection bins throughout campus, encouraging donations of clothing and hygiene products. Boxes will be placed today in the Reynold’s Club, OMSA, Cobb Hall, the Social Service Administration Building, and the Law School.

Groups represented in UChicago for Haiti include Beats and Pieces, the Puerto Rican Students Association, the African and Caribbean Students Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., FIERCE, the Minority Student Pre-Medical Association, the Organization for Black Students, and Cultures in Action.