Senate Seeks Aid for Haiti

Ernesto Lopez

City College’s Classified Senate is raising money to support Doctor’s Without Borders medical relief efforts. The senate is asking the campus community to donate $1 per person.

According to their Web site, Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, they provide aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
The Web site also says that currently in Haiti, the consequences of the recent earthquake are devastating. Children who survived the initial tremor are now suffering from diarrhea and more people are exhibiting symptoms of mental trauma. There have also been a few cases of tetanus.

Classified Senate President June Cressy said they have joined Mesa College in the fundrasing efforts because, “Doctor’s Without Borders convey the message that our individual and collective moral obligation to help others does not end at a line on a map.”

Cressy added that the organization has been described as, “the smoke jumpers of international aid organizations. They go in first, do whatever it takes to help, one Band-Aid or suture at a time, and are often the last to leave.”

The fundrasing effort will be open the remainder of the month, to donate online or track fundrasing progress visit http://www.firstgiving.com/cityclassifiedsenate.