This is a follow up to the story on Club Creole’s fundraising efforts for Haiti on Jan. 13. Since the earthquake, many organizations have mobilized to bring aid to the country. The University of Florida called for a meeting of all of the student organizations two days after the earthquake to see what they could do. The result of that meeting was re-creating Gators United for Haiti. According to UF Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin, Gators United for Haiti is:
“A student run philanthropic project, supervised and aided by UF administration. The group’s goal is to motivate students in the Gator Nation to raise $50,000 for Haiti relief efforts. All students and student organizations are invited to be a part of the project. So far, student groups involved are Florida Blue Key, Club Creole, Pan-Hellenic Council, AASU, VISA, Student Government, STAAR, United Haitian Students of Florida, CaribSA, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., IFC, Association of Black Communicators, Chi Alpha Christian Ministries, EBL, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Hope for Haiti, FACES Modeling Troupe and the Black Student Union.”
The organization plans to raise $50,000 for Haiti. As of last Thursday, Darlyse Joseph, a GUH participant, knew that they had raised about $6,000. Other student groups have been raising money by hosting lunches, benefit concerts and even football games. University of Florida students all around are doing what they can to help the country.
The University of Florida Athletic Association has also agreed to match up to $50,000 of the funds that the organization raises. The group plans to send all of the proceeds through Yele Haiti, a grassroots movement founded by artist Wyclef Jean. Gators United for Haiti has contacted Yele to ensure that 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Haiti.
Gators United for Haiti accepts check donations only. If someone is interested in donating by credit card, GUH encourages them to donate to the organization of their choice, according to their Web site.
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Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming Gainesville fundraisers for Haiti relief.