May 26, 2008

Library Assistant joins in earthquake relief efforts

Library assistant Grace Zhang is working to make a difference for China this week in response to the massive earthquake that shook her homeland on May 12. With other TWU students Grace is collecting funds and organizing a BBQ fundraiser on Tuesday, May 27th from 11 am - 2 pm

According to the Langley Advance:

Prompted to do something for their home country, Dong Yang, a 24-year-old communications major from Hubei Province, supported by Grace Zhang, a 26-year-old business major from Liaoning Province, and fellow students put up posters with captivating images and a donation box to raise money for help that would be sent back home.

Grace Zhang and Dong Yang are two of a group of Chinese students at TWU raising money for their earthquake-torn country. Mike Rathjen/TWU

Zhang and Dong Yang are two of a group of Chinese students at TWU raising money for their earthquake-torn country. "Because we are far away from China, and are not going home, and we want to help," Zhang said, adding, "We know it is little... but it's something."

Both Yang and Zhang have heavy hearts for those in China, not just because they are both from the country, but because a large number of the dead and injured were students. The quake occurred in the afternoon in the middle of a busy school day. "We are lucky and safe in Canada," said Zhang, "and we can study."

The Chinese students will be attending the display of photos in the TWU Reimer Student Centre Atrium at the university until Tuesday, where they will be hosting a barbeque to raise more money. "We want to raise as much money as we can," Yang said. "There aren't many people here on campus right now because it's summer, but if we all get together and show support, we can all help."


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