02/23/2005

WVUH Tsunami Relief Donations Total $20,489

Contributions Sent to American Red Cross

            MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Employees of WVU Hospitals, the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and University Health Associates have rallied together to raise money for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that rocked Southeast Asia – contributing $10,489 in donations to support ongoing relief efforts. WVU Hospitals matched $10,000 of employee contributions, bringing the total donation to $20,489.

            “The employees at WVU Hospitals and the Health Sciences Center support a variety of charities throughout the year, so, it comes as no surprise that their generosity would exceed the hospital’s goal to raise $10,000,” said WVUH President Bruce McClymonds. 

            All donations were sent to the American Red Cross, and will be used to provide tsunami survivors with food, basic supplies, health care and psychological support.

The tsunami ranks among the worst natural disasters in the past century, with more than 167,000 dead in 12 countries. Over 128,000 people are still missing, and more than 1 million survivors have been displaced, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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