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Students to launch humanitarian organization on campus

OSHAWA, Ont. - Students for Humanitarianism and Action Through Respect and Education (S.H.A.R.E.), a new on-campus student organization, will hold its initial meeting this month to organize its first project: aid for tsunami victims.

The group, which involves students from Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Trent@UOIT, was created by UOIT Faculty of Science student Naheed Dosani in November 2004. He wanted to ensure that the entire school community and all clubs had a venue to work together for a variety of causes.

"S.H.A.R.E. was an idea that began forming in my mind after I chose to attend UOIT. Knowing that it was a new institution and that there was plenty of room to expand, I thought there was a great opportunity to create a streamlined community service/ leadership humanitarian organization at the school," said Dosani.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Room UA2130 of the Science building. Judi Longfield, MP for Whitby-Oshawa, will be speaking at the seminar, and the five-member Steering Committee and 20-member Executive Council will be discussing intended projects for the next few months.

"We hope to run three humanitarian projects this semester with the first being 'Tsunami Aid'. Within this project, we will run a campus-wide coin drive - Coins for Tsunami Aid Drive - with the assistance of many school clubs that have already expressed support either through donations or voluntary service," said Dosani. "Our hope is that our coin drive will expand into the surrounding communities."

The group has tremendous support of various on-campus organizations, as well as students, faculty and staff.

"Our students never cease to amaze us with their generosity and compassion," said Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College and UOIT. "We are not surprised that they have taken a leadership role on behalf of our campus and are putting their ideas into action."


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