New York – The Fordham community exceeded the challenge to aid tsunami victims put forth by Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, by raising more than $52,000. An additional $5,000 is expected from student-run tsunami fundraisers held in late February and early March.
On January 14, Father McShane launched a tsunami-relief fundraising campaign with a $25,000 donation and a challenge to faculty, staff and students to match that amount. The tsunami struck on Dec. 26, killing more than 250,000 people and devastating coastal communities in southeast Asia and western Africa.
“I would like to thank the faculty, staff and student groups that hosted fundraising events and made individual contributions to meet this challenge. This fundraising success is yet another example of the Fordham community responding to tragedy in the true spirit of men and women in service to others,” said Father McShane. “The money raised will bring some relief to our brothers and sisters struggling day by day to rebuild their lives.”
In addition to the many individual donations, more than a dozen student groups hosted a range of events, including auctions, concerts and dinners.