The Great Wave

Within days of the tsunami that demolished coastlines and devastated islands throughout the Indian Ocean, Moravian students and alumni started their own relief efforts.

Amrita de Zoysa ’03, a Sri Lankan graduate, sent a plea for assistance, urging colleagues and classmates to be as generous as they could in sending tsunami relief.

Hugh Gratz ’70 went to Sri Lanka in mid-January to train crisis counselors under the auspices of the Green Cross.

Lauren Castrantas ’06, a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and Gerald McGlinn ’06 of Delta Tau Delta fraternity spearheaded relief efforts on and around campus. With some help from Just Born Inc. (candy rewards) and AlphaGraphics (posters and fliers), they organized a collection effort at basketball games throughout the month. C3, the campus community-service organization, set up collecting stations in downtown Bethlehem on bitter-cold Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Within two weeks, they had raised $1,053 and donated it to the Red Cross.