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Randolph College Students Partner With Local Rotary Club to Send ShelterBoxes to Japan

Three student groups raise $1,150 in about 10 days

4/14/2011 1:37:12 PM


LYNCHBURG–Randolph College students raised more than $1,150 to help the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club provide ShelterBoxes to families in Japan.

The partnership between the two groups provided three ShelterBoxes to victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. The organization was created by a Rotarian in 2000 and is a major project for Rotary International.

When a disaster hits, the organization sends ShelterBoxes to help victims. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack, and other vital items.

“We just think this is just such a good program,” said Bill Bodine, chair of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary’s club services committee. “This is something that is tangible. You know exactly what your money is being used for and where it is going.”

The club has sent ShelterBoxes after other disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. When they learned that Randolph College students wanted to do something for victims in Japan, the club decided to partner with the College to fundraise.

“We were just really excited that we were able to partner with Randolph and the students to do something that would be helpful,” Bodine said. “We didn’t know what to expect, but the amount these students raised was amazing.”

Three groups of Randolph students, Club Asia, PanWorld, and Residence Life, participated in the fundraiser, which lasted about 10 days. To earn the money, the students went door-to-door in the residence halls, took up collections during events, and sponsored an Asian dinner.

Samantha Romero ’11, who is part of the College’s Club Asia, said the club raised money last semester after the floods in Pakistan. They wanted to help Japan as well. “However, something that drove all of us harder was the fact that we have club members from Japan,” she said. “These were not only members of our club, but friends of our community requesting that we raise money for their homes. So we took the fundraiser very personally, which really did make a difference. It truly was a community effort.”

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations