Kennesaw State relief fundraiser garners $3‚000 for victims of China earthquake

In response to the rising toll from the earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province on May 12‚ Kennesaw State University students‚ faculty and staff recently paid tribute to the victims with poetry and music as part of its "China 5.12 Earthquake Condolence" fundraising efforts.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Jun 5, 2008) — In response to the rising toll from the earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province on May 12‚ Kennesaw State University students‚ faculty and staff paid tribute to the victims with poetry and music as part of its "China 5.12 Earthquake Condolence" fundraising efforts.

Kennesaw State has raised $3‚000 so far to provide food‚ water‚ tents and medical supplies to earthquake survivors. The fundraiser was organized by KSU's Institute for Global Initiatives and the Asian Studies Program‚ in partnership with the National Association of Chinese Americans and the Association of Chinese Professionals.

"It is the right thing to do. We want to empathize with our Chinese friends for their losses and for the reconstruction efforts that they face‚" said Akanmu Adebayo‚ executive director of KSU's Institute for Global Initiatives.

The funds will go to the China Red Cross Society to provide relief assistance for survivors of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southwest China on May 12. The earthquake left more than 69‚000 dead‚ nearly 370‚000 injured and some 5 million homeless so far. The death toll is expected to rise to as high as 80‚000. Some 15 million people need immediate assistance.

During the fundraising program‚ participants expressed condolences for the earthquake victims through different art forms. One professor read poetry in Mandarin that evoked a conversation between a mother and a son who died in the earthquake; another played a traditional Chinese violin with two strings known as the erhu.

In the audience‚ there were about 20 Chinese government officials from the Guangxi autonomous region who arrived at Kennesaw State last week to start in a Master of Public Administration program. The Guangxi autonomous region‚ which shares a border with Vietnam‚ is not far from Sichuan province.

Kennesaw State University has established and maintained formal relationships with China since 1989‚ primarily through faculty−student exchanges‚ study−abroad programs‚ professional training and development‚ and language proficiency testing. The university is home to 37 faculty members and 51 students of Chinese origin. Another 80 students are studying Chinese language at KSU. In the fall 2008‚ KSU will launch a Confucius Institute to promote Chinese language and culture.

For information on how to make tax−deductible contributions to support the China Red Cross Society's relief efforts‚ please contact Lani Wong‚ chair of local chapter of the National Association of Chinese Americans at 770−394−6542.




 

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