February 19, 2010

Students to raise funds through Saturday for Haiti activities

To raise money for Haiti earthquake relief efforts, Johns Hopkins student organizations have organized a daylong series of events involving music, dancing, food and athletics on Saturday, Feb. 20, on the Homewood campus. The overall theme is Saturday for Haiti.

No specific cash goal has been set, but anthropology major Mike Rogers, one of the student leaders of the JHU Haiti Aid group, said, “We’d like to engage as many people as possible in the Johns Hopkins community. We want to be able to help the people of Haiti.”

Saturday for Haiti will begin with a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon at Nolan’s in Charles Commons. Admission is $5 for students, $8 for others.

Between 1 and 6:30 p.m., activities will move to the O’Connor Recreation Center. Free activities will include a Clif Bar Giveaway throughout the afternoon, a varsity women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. and a varsity men’s basketball game at 3 p.m. Fund-raisers will include:

  • A Haitian dance class, 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Evans East Room ($5 suggested donation)
  • Yoga for Haiti, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Evans East Room ($5 suggested donation)
  • A 3-on-3 basketball tournament with registration at 4 p.m. and games from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($15 per team)
  • o A climb for Haiti from 3 to 5 p.m. at the climbing wall (shoe rental fees will be donated)

Student performances and international-food tasting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Charles Commons Ballroom. Food will be provided by several campus multicultural organizations. Singing and dancing performances will be presented by more than a dozen student groups. Admission is $5 for students, $8 for others.

A dance party with a DJ and a band will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Charles Commons Ballroom. A student ID is required to attend. Admission is $5.

Proceeds from the Saturday for Haiti activities will support Partners in Health, a Harvard-affiliated nonprofit that has working in Haiti for 20 years; and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

More information about Saturday for Haiti can be found on this Facebook page.

Another Johns Hopkins event on Saturday, organized by the JHU Gospel Choir, also will benefit Haiti relief efforts. The JHU choir and those from Towson University, UMBC, Loyola University and Voices of Praise will perform in Gospel Jubilee: A Haiti Relief Effort from 6 to 8 p.m. in the university’s Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center. Admission is $3 for Johns Hopkins students, $5 for others. Free refreshments will be served after the concert.