RPI Relief began the RPI Relief: NEPAL campaign on April 28 which will continue through Wednesday, May 13. The RPI Relief: NEPAL campaign is raising money to help the victims of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. The earthquake affected people in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal. Aftershocks reaching magnitudes of up to 6.7 caused further damage. According to official reports, the death toll has surpassed 7,500 and over 17,000 people have been injured.
The brothers of Alpha Phi Omega manned a donation station for the campaign Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 1. Individuals that wanted to donate but did not have cash on hand could pledge to donate and received an email with a link to donate to the United Nations Children’s Fund. During its three days of tabling, Alpha Phi Omega raised $600 in cash and $150 was pledged. In addition to the $600 raised during tabling, an unnamed faculty member donated $1,000 to the cause.
RPI Relief is working with RPI Hospitality Services to raise money for the RPI Relief: NEPAL campaign. Students have the option to donate unused FLEX dollars at Blitman Dining Hall, Burdett Avenue Residence Hall Dining Hall, Commons Dining Hall. Father’s Marketplace, the McNeil Room, and Rathskeller. FLEX dollars can be donated in one dollar increments. Additionally, six dollars of every eight dollar lunch or dinner purchased by individuals without a meal plan at RSDH or Commons will be donated from today through May 13.
As part of the RPI Relief: NEPAL campaign, RPI Relief will be holding a Climb for Nepal event on Friday, May 8, 5–7 pm at the Approach. Participants can buy tickets that they carry up the Approach to enter in raffles for prizes including tickets to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, hockey tickets, and a free parking pass for the 2015–2016 school year in North Lot. Any individuals who want to participate but are unable to go up the Approach can pay an extra five dollars to have a member of RPI Relief carry their tickets up the Approach for them. Raffle tickets can be purchased in the Dean of Students Office in Academy Hall 9 am–5 pm, May 6–8, or at the event. There will be food for sale and music provided by UPAC Sound. Donations for the RPI Relief: NEPAL campaign will go to The United Nations Children’s Fund, the American Red Cross-NEPAL, and All Hands Volunteers. As of Tuesday, May 5, $1,700 has been raised.