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W&L Student Groups Begin Haitian Relief Efforts

Several students groups at Washington and Lee are joining forces to support Haitian earthquake relief. The Bonner Leaders Program, the Caribbean Society, the Nabors Service League and the Student Association for International Learning (SAIL) are joining together to take the lead in developing fundraising strategies that will kick off at Sunday night’s (Jan. 17) MLK Keynote address, which will feature Julian Bond at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel. According to Caitlin Edgar, a sophomore from De Pere, Wisc., and a member of Bonner Leaders Program, the groups will place donation receptacles at strategic locations around the campus beginning with Lee Chapel for the MLK event. “We have some additional fundraising strategies in mind and hope to get those launched during the next week,” Caitlin said. Listen to her remarks at the MLK Celebration Keynote in Lee Chapel Sunday night:

Caitlin and Yasmine Espert, vice president of the Caribbean Society, are spearheading the coordination efforts. Yasmine of Dix Hills, N.Y., was born in the U.S. to Haitian parents. The funds raised by the effort will be distributed equally to three different organizations involved in Haitian relief — Yele Haiti, the Salvation Army, and the Fellowship International Mission’s Haiti Relief Fund. For information, contact Caitlin at edgarc12@mail.wlu.edu or Yasmine at esperty11@mail.wlu.edu .