Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A coordinated effort between faculty, staff and students is underway on the UWG campus to help victims of the earthquake through a benefit concert on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center.
UWG students with Haitian family ties Stania Philzaire and Jeanie Jean wanted to help in the relief effort but weren’t quite sure how. Philzaire has family in Haiti and lived there 11 years. When Jean called with an idea about a benefit concert, Operation Haiti was born.
“We heard from my aunt who lives in Haiti, and everyone in my family is fine so far,” said the senior accounting major. “This benefit concert is a way students, faculty and staff can contribute to the relief effort and demonstrate their talents.”
Philzaire and friends are spearheading the Operation Haiti Benefit Concert and have booked Haitian musicians and student performers for the show. A myriad of student organizations, academic departments and administrative personnel will help coordinate the event. In addition to music entertainment, guest speakers and exhibits will be part of the show.
An exhibit showing the history of Haiti will be presented in the Atrium of the Campus Center, and Philzaire will talk about her childhood in the small nation and the changes that have occurred over the years.
Professor of Psychology Jeannette Diaz-Laplante will also be a guest speaker at the benefit event. Laplante returned to Georgia from Haiti just days before the earthquake struck. She and colleagues were developing a grant program there.
A representative from the non-profit agency, International Rescue Committee, will share information on rescue efforts in Haiti. The IRC has deployed its Emergency Response Team to Haiti to deliver help to Port-au-Prince. The organization includes experts in emergency health, shelter and children’s welfare in Haiti.
Admission for the Operation Haiti concert is $3. The community is invited to attend. For more information, call 678-839-5400.
There are many online resources for information and ways to help victims of the earthquake.