The University of Notre Dame has collected $173,000 in contributions to assist relief efforts for victims of the tsunami which devastated the Indian Ocean region Dec. 26.
The money collected by the University will be given to Catholic Relief Services, which is providing water and sanitation, constructing temporary shelter, and distributing food, clothing, and medical supplies in countries most affected by the disaster.
“The Notre Dame family includes numerous alumni and 105 currently enrolled students from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Somalia,” said University President Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. “Calamities such as the tsunami remind us not only of our kinship with those who suffer, but also of our vocation to see and serve Christ in them and in each other. This effort is a communal attempt to remember these things.”
Notre Dames student government, the Campus Ministry office, the Center for Social Concerns and the Office of International Student Services and Activities were among the campus organizations sponsoring fund-raising efforts, which included special collections taken up at Masses in residence halls and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.