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Haitian Relief Concert set for Feb. 5

Students raise $2,000 for Haiti relief effort

Representatives from the University of South Carolina, Benedict College and the Inner City Broadcasting group are planning a Haitian Relief Concert from 4 -10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Carolina Coliseum.

The entertainment will feature top local and regional talent playing rock, jazz and hip hop. All funds from ticket sales and other fundraising associated with the event will be donated to the American Red Cross for Haitian Relief Efforts. Tickets will be available at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office on Feb. 1 for a minimum donation of $5.

The event is one more in a series of efforts by the university community to raise funds for Haiti.

On Friday, Methodist Campus Minister Tom Wall said students had collected about $2,000 in cash for relief efforts. The funds were collected on Greene Street in front of the Russell House and in front of the Darla Moore School of Business and are independent of donations made by individuals online and via text message.

The funds will be donated to Partners in Health, an international organization that brings modern medical help to the poorest communities worldwide.

Wall said student groups will continue collecting funds this week from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and reminded the university community that any amount, even spare change, is appreciated.

“The amount is not important. We have a nice collection of coins, and it’s amazing what change adds up to,” he said. “More than the amount, it’s important to feel directly connected and responsible for other people’s condition in the world.”

Individuals who can help collect funds can contact Wall at

Two physicians with university ties are in Haiti helping quake victims.

Dr. Mike McKenzie, clinical director of the General Medicine Clinic in Student Health Services, is working in a "tent" hospital for the week. He is part of a team from Columbia’s First Baptist Church, which took 3,000 pounds of food for an orphanage and medical supplies donated by Palmetto Baptist.

Dr. Katy Close, a clinical associate professor of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, is caring for patients at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles in the western part of Haiti. Close is sending dispatches to her friends and colleagues. Click here for updates from her blog.

The hospital provides medical care and community health and development programs for more than 300,000 impoverished people in the Artibonite Valley of central Haiti.

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By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 01/15/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/25/10 @ 7:28 PM | Permalink