Wittenberg Community Aids in Tsunami Relief Effort
At the first meeting of the Wittenberg Student Senate on Jan. 11, pscyhology major and International Senator Petal Morais ’05 brought several ideas to the table in hopes of raising money to send to Sri Lanka to help in the re-building efforts following the historic earthquake and tsunami in her homeland on Dec. 26, 2004.
As a unit, Student Senate decided to call upon the Wittenberg community to get involved by encouraging the development of fund-raising strategies by campus organizations.
To date, the Wittenberg community has raised $2,400, all of which will be sent to an organization called Galle Doctors Project for Shelter Trust, headed by Morais’ uncle, Dehan Gunasekara, a physician with Teaching Hospital Karapitiya (THK) in Galle, Sri Lanka, one of the hardest hit areas.
Donations from Wittenberg will be used to help the organization build houses for families presently living in refugee camps in the area. The maximum amount given to one family would be $1,000, which translates into $100,000 Rupees, the Sri Lankan currency.