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U.Va. Students To Raise Money For El Salvador Earthquake Victims

January 31, 2001 -- A group of University of Virginia students is mounting a month-long campaign to raise money for victims of the deadly earthquake that struck El Salvador on Jan. 13.

A 7 p.m. reception Feb. 1 at U.Va.'s Spanish House on Jefferson Park Avenue will launch the El Salvador Earthquake Aid Campaign

With about a dozen Salvadoran students here, "El Salvador has a significant presence at the University for such a small and relatively poor country," notes Pablo Davis, an assistant dean working with U.Va. students to raise money.

A student organization, U.Va. Nursing Students Without Borders, has made several trips to El Salvador for health outreach. "I think the earthquake fundraising campaign can not only help El Salvador but also help build new relationships and alliances within our own University and local community," Davis said.

Donations from the University and the community are welcomed.

Make checks payable to the "El Salvador Earthquake Aid" at the University of Virginia Fund, and send them to Bonnie Ford, U.Va. Fund, Alumni Hall, P. O. Box 3447, Charlottesville 22903. Funds raised will be forwarded to the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross for transfer to the Red Cross in El Salvador.

For more information about the Campaign visit the Web site at www.Virginia.edu/deanofstudents/decano-salvador.html

For more information, contact students Camila Figueroa at (804) 296-4497 or at cmf@virginia,edu; Federico Avila at (804) 972-9758 or at Federico@virginia.edu, or Raquel Orellana, (804) 243-0090 or email her at mro3m@virginia.edu. Pablo Davis can be reached at (804) 982-2683 or pjd5h@virginia.edu

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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