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Seneca @ York University held a day long fundraising event on January 21.  The student run event known as “Aftershock” encouraged students and faculty members to donate money for relief efforts in earthquake stricken Haiti.

The event raised money by hosting a concert in the school’s cafeteria and by setting up various venues such as a popcorn stand and a pin making station where students could make pins with their pictures on them.  All funds from these venues went directly to the cause.

The campus announced on January 25 that the event managed to raise a  total of $7,897 that will go directly to Doctors Without Borders which is a crucial organization that is offering assistance in Haiti.

—Matthew Casey

Even in Tragedy People Still Out to Scam

Posted: January 24, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Articles
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Police are warning people to be vigilant of a new email money scam that is going around.  It’s being reported that a group of scam artists is sending out millions of emails.  The messages claim they are in Haiti and are victims of the recent earthquake.  Claiming to be badly injured, they are requesting money to buy medicine.   The emails also make a claim that they are front line aid workers who are trying to raise money to help others as well.

The public is being warned to ignore these emails and to be extremely careful to who they send their money to.  These fraudulent emails always ask for the funds to be sent via money transfers.

It’s a shame that even amidst all of the devastation in Port Aux Prince and Haiti that there are individuals out there who would seek to rob money from willing donors for their own good.  This shows that the world is a scary place and one must be ever conscious of everything around them.  I would suggest only making donations through official charities and to do so in person, that way you know that your money is safe and is going to the people who need it and not lining the pockets of someone who doesn’t.

—Matthew Casey

Today was a day that showed off the goodness in people’s hearts.  Seneca College put on an all day fundraising campaign known as “Aftershock”.  It was a student run and designed event created to raise money for the earthquake ravaged people in Haiti.  It was also raising money for a very good cause, Doctors without Borders, an organization that is prominently aiding people in the country.

There were several venues set up in the Seneca @ York campus today.  A concert that featured music from the independent music program students, a hypnotist, cotton candy and popcorn stands and much more.  All money raised at these venues went directly to the cause.   Also volunteers roamed the halls of the campus with buckets collecting donations from faculty and students.

It was amazing to see how many people approached the donation collectors and dropped whatever they could spare in the buckets.  Even amidst these poor economic times people still found a way to help out.  It is truly heart warming to see the goodness that still exists in the hearts of people.

–Matthew Casey