Duke students donate to Typhoon Haiyan victims

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Duke master of public policy and international development students raised $750 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit the Philippines Nov. 8, killing thousands and displacing thousands more.

Students from Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy held a potluck last weekend, when they dined on traditional Filipino dishes such as babingka, a holiday rice cake, and accepted $10 donations.

Students, over just four days, raised hundreds of dollars that will go toward UNICEF-Philippines, a United Nations agency that serves the world’s children.

“It’s trying to promote getting people thinking about what they can do, whether it’s helping out the Philippines community or helping out another community,” said Ryan Gorczycki, organizer of the fundraiser and 30-year-old Duke master of public policy student. “… Whenever other people show you excitement and enthusiasm in support of what you’re doing, that always make you feel good.”

Want to donate to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan? Visit the UNICEF-Philippines website.

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