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.