The following was sent to the RMU community Friday, Jan. 22, from President Gregory Dell'Omo.
I wanted to make you aware how the RMU community has been personally affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and what we are doing to raise money for relief efforts.
Three RMU students and one of our alumni have lost friends and family members in the earthquake. Out of respect for their privacy, we are not disclosing any more details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. Also, some of our students who are members of the military reserves are preparing to be deployed to Haiti. We commend them for their service and look forward to their safe return.
Meanwhile, several student groups, including the RMU Band and our cheerleaders, have already begun collecting funds to go toward relief efforts. Money has been raised at several campus events, and will be collected at tonight’s Monte Carlo Night. In addition, the women’s soccer team will be selling t-shirts to raise money for earthquake relief, and the Office of Student Civic Engagement is working with student leaders from various campus organizations to coordinate a dance marathon on Friday, Feb. 12, to raise money.
Proceeds from campus fundraising will be donated to World Vision, with whom we have worked previously and which is doing good work in Haiti. You can learn more about World Vision and donate to them directly at www.worldvision.org.
I would urge you to keep the people of Haiti close to your heart and to give as you are able to relief efforts. Thank you.