Bethany College’s ‘Hands to Haiti’ Presents Project RED Week

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Hands to Haiti initiative continues February 22-26 with Project RED Week, hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Activities Council (SAC). Hands to Haiti programs were designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

Project RED events will feature an address by Lloyd Rollins, an ordained deacon in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Senior Technical Advisor on Relief for International Relief and Development (IRD), with whom Bethany teamed up to create Hands to Haiti. Rollins, who recently returned from Haiti, will speak on the relief and recovery efforts taking place there. He will also talk about long-term efforts that will be crucial to the rebuilding of Haiti. Rollins’ talk will take place on Tuesday, February 23, at 8 p.m. in Commencement Hall.

Also as part of Project RED Week, facts about Haiti have been posted throughout the Bethany campus. A Red-Themed Food Network Competition will take place in the Back Dining Room of Bethany’s cafeteria on February 24 at 7 p.m. Participants will pay $10 to enter, and all ingredients will be provided. The winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker.

A semi-formal dance, co-sponsored by the SAC and the sophomore Kalon students, will be held February 26 at 8 p.m. in Renner Too. In addition, tickets for a Kindle Raffle will be sold all week, with the final drawing set to take place during the dance.

Bethany: Hands to Haiti organizers hope to raise $10,000 by the end of the semester. As funds are secured, they will be donated to IRD. Founded by Bethany Board of Trustees member and alumnus Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67, IRD is one of the premier organizations implementing development services and programs across a broad spectrum of regions and technical activities. Its mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and to provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD currently has teams on the ground delivering aid and assistance in Haiti. Dr. Keys serves as the President and CEO of the organization.                                                                            

Individuals can visit the blogs written by members of IRD staff who are working to provide relief efforts in Haiti by visiting www.ird.org/voices/. Those interested can also follow IRD on Facebook and Twitter.

To contribute to Bethany's and IRD's efforts in Haiti, visit IRD’s web site at www.ird.org and click on “Donate to Haiti Relief.”

For more details on Bethany: Hands to Haiti, call Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students, in the Office of Student Life at 304.829.7631.