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UBC Community Challenged to Raise $2 Million in Tsunami Response
UBC Community Challenged to Raise $2 Million in Tsunami Response

January 5, 2005
UBC President Martha Piper today announced a $2 million fundraising campaign as a catalyst to encourage the university’s students, faculty, staff and alumni to provide both short- and long-term assistance for South Asian tsunami survivors. In addressing a memorial service at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Piper said: ”We are a community that has a wealth of resources . . . resources that include expertise in engineering, medicine, environmental, earth and ocean sciences, community building, and international relations, to name a few. Resources that include our ability to bring people together, to hold workshops and dialogues, to encourage volunteerism, and to sponsor international students, exchanges and internships. Resources that are reflected in our track record to raising dollars, giving generously and developing long-term endowments.“ Piper challenged the university community to continue contributing to the eight major agencies collecting funds within Canada for immediate disaster relief, either directly or via a special payroll deduction program. The goal from this effort, as well as a groundswell of student-led initiatives, is $1 million. Further, Piper announced the establishment of a Global Service Learning Endowment to address long-term impacts of the disaster. UBC will match community endowment contributions to a maximum of $1 million. Piper cited the values of Trek 2010, the university’s new five-year strategic plan, with its emphases on global citizenship and community service learning: ”This endowment will be used to support UBC students, as global citizens, in their efforts to build a better world in areas around the globe wherever help is needed. ”For one thing we know for sure: The needs arising from this disaster will be enormous and will live on—long after the media have forgotten and the public has moved on to other concerns. By creating such an endowment, we can guarantee a continuing commitment to address the long term needs created by this event as well as by others arising in the future. ”The world needs our help,“ Piper told the Chan Centre community gathering. ”The kind of help we give is ours to determine: short term relief, long term needs, or both.“ (A special Web site -- www.ubc.ca/tsunami -- has been set up to facilitate donations to the seven relief agencies and to the Global Service Learning Endowment.) Piper also announced a steering committee with student, staff and faculty representation to coordinate and organize UBC expertise, knowledge and volunteerism to address disaster challenges. It will be co-chaired by Brian Sullivan, Vice President Students, and Lorne Whitehead, Provost and Vice President Academic. Speeches
Remarks at ”Gathering in Response to the Tsunami Disaster on the Indian Ocean Rim“ are available in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) below:
 
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