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UMB Student Government Presents Check to Red Cross for Haiti Relief

Student government leaders, led by President Evan Cordes, presented the American Red Cross a check for $1200 for Haiti relief efforts at the start of their meeting Wednesday, March 10.

The check was accepted by Frank Miller, the executive director of the Central Maryland Red Cross chapter, who told the group that for each $100 in donations, they are able to provide a family in Haiti "a tent and essential medicines for a month."

He explained that the Haiti relief project is the largest single relief project in the history of the Red Cross.

Haiti Team Members Give Report

Members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus community heard firsthand from faculty and staff providing medical relief to earthquake survivors in Haiti. A series of briefings were held Tuesday, March 2, at the University of Maryland Medical Center auditorium.

This 12-hour event, starting at 9 a.m., was part of a campaign to inform the University community about the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti and to raise funds to continue the program.

Team members from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the Institute of Human Virology shared their experiences of saving lives in Haiti and answered questions about the incredible needs in the Port-au-Prince region. The event featured many photos of their experiences thus far. Videos of their stories have been posted at http://www.umm.edu/haiti/index.htm.

The highlight of the day was at 1 p.m. when the leader of the current medical team in Haiti spoke live with an update on the medical situation. Other briefings were be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Signs were posted in the hospital pointing to the Medical Center auditorium.

The day's events also included a bake sale and raffles for luxury hotel stays and other prizes. People who could not attend the event but who would like to donate can call 410-328-GIFT (4438).

Following the Jan. 12 quake, University of Maryland medical teams, through a partnership with Catholic Relief Services, began treating survivors of the earthquake as part of a long-term commitment to provide ongoing medical care. The first University of Maryland team left for Haiti on Jan. 28.

The teams are rotating every week to 10 days and are working at the site of the St. Francois de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince. About 150 health professionals from throughout the University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine have volunteered to assist with the ongoing efforts.

Through the combined services of the University of Maryland medical teams and Catholic Relief Services, more than 12,000 people in Port-au-Prince have received help so far, and several hundred surgeries have been performed.

Posting Date: 03/02/2010
Contact Name: Bill Seiler
Contact Phone: (410) 328-7651
Contact Email: bseiler@umm.edu