Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.8

January 13, 2005


Helping others in many ways


The Concordia Student Union and some of its clubs are holding a cultural day today on the mezzanine of the Hall Building. There will be food from different cultures, as well as a shave to save, sketches being done for donations, henna decoration and other activities.

The students are trying to raise $20,000 to support the relief efforts for tsunami victims. The money will be sent to Asia through Oxfam, where over 90 per cent of the funds go to relief efforts. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations made.

Centraide over the top

Concordia’s Centraide exceeded its objective of $140,000 by $20,000 — and still counting! The committee, led by Catherine Mulligan and Miriam Posner, wants to extend a big thank-you to all the volunteers and donors.

Centraide’s total for Greater Montreal was $45.4 million, well over the objective for the campaign.

Although the campaign is ostensibly over, you can give to Centraide any time of the year. Watch for a big jazz concert on Feb. 2 in the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, featuring vocalist Jeri Brown and many of Concordia’s talented musicians, to add to our Centraide total.

Just before the holiday break, there were many efforts to help others. CASA Cares, a student committee of John Molson School of Business, held a Holiday Bake Sale, and raised $400, to which they added another $250 from a party at Peel Pub. The money went to Dans La Rue, which works with Montreal street kids. CASA Cares is a subdivision of CASA that organizes events to raise money for local charities.

Lise Tavares (Information Services) and the men in Distribution Services collectd non-perishable food items, clothes and toiletries, and gave them to St. Michael’s Mission for men in downtown Montreal.

Ribbons on tree

For a week before Christmas, the Student Emergency Food Fund of the Multi-faith Chaplaincy invited passersby to make donations and tie a ribbon on the holiday tree in the atrium.

Every year, employees of the Concordia Libraries hold a silent auction of donated goods and services to benefit various charities.

Boi May Ang reports that the Libraries Christmas Auction raised a record-breaking $4,600 and is still counting it all up. It goes to a variety of needy causes at Concordia and in the wider community.