News Release

REF NO.: 20

SUBJECT: Memorial University residences filling Hatcher Square for hurricane relief

DATE: October 4, 2010

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, occupants of Memorial University’s 13 residences, co-ordinated by the Residence Life Office, want to make Hatcher Square disappear.
From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., everyone is invited to donate non-perishable food items in aid of Hurricane Igor victims, with the aim of covering the entire area of the claret-coloured playing surface between R. Gushue Hall and Hatcher House.
“And when the square is covered, we want to build up – we’re visualizing a mountain of food,” said Erin Dorey, residence life advisor with Housing, Food and Conference Services.
The concept was devised between Ms. Dorey and the Residence Charity Representatives of each individual house at their first meeting of the semester recently. The discussion had quickly turned to Hurricane Igor relief, with everyone enthusiastically signing on for the challenge.
“Just about everyone living in Memorial’s residences has a connection to someone in one of the affected communities – from the Bonavista Peninsula to the Burin Peninsula,” said Ms. Dorey. “In some cases, there is no home to return to or no Thanksgiving meal to share this year. Our residents feel a great need to help.” 
In order to achieve the residents’ goal of covering the entirety of Hatcher Square, tin or package food staples will be accepted any time on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Coins will also be enthusiastically accepted.
All money donations will be collected by the Red Cross. All food donations will be distributed by the Community Food Sharing Association, which is on schedule to deliver the collected food items to affected areas on Friday, Oct. 8.

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