NEWPORT, R.I. – More than 500 students are expected to participate in a “dusk to dawn” outdoor Tent City fundraising event at Salve Regina University that will feature guest speakers, live bands, a make-shift tent city and other activities – all to raise money and awareness for earthquake victims who continue to struggle in Haiti.
Organized by Salve Regina’s student-run group, Hearts for Haiti, the Tent City event will be held on Friday-Saturday, April 9-10, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the front lawn of Wakehurst Student Center, corner of Lawrence and Leroy avenues.
The public is welcome to participate. Infinity Volunteers, a local non-profit organization focusing on service-based learning, is organizing local high school students to get involved.
All proceeds will support Haiti Marycare’s efforts to rebuild their Port-Au-Prince school that was destroyed in the earthquake. Money is being raised by participants’ fundraising, the sale of T-shirts, bracelets and other materials, and straight-out donations from supporters.
Those interested in donating can make their checks payable to “Salve Hearts for Haiti” and mail them to the Salve Regina University Business Office, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, R.I. 02840. Donations are tax-deductable.
Tent City is one of many fundraising events that have been organized by Salve’s Hearts for Haiti. A dozen performers are slated to take to the stage during Tent City, including a special appearance by Connecticut residents Tom and Mary Lou Larkin, founders of a Haiti Marycare (www.haitimarycare.org), who will address the crowd.
Haiti Marycare has worked in Haiti since 1994, running a school in Port-Au-Prince and a medical clinic on the northern coast of the island.
“Tent kits” that include tarps, sheets, twine and garden stakes will be distributed for participants to craft their own tents in a designated area of the Wakehurst lawn.
Several Salve Regina musical groups and local bands will perform on the main stage, including Dive Alarm, Rocco DeSimone, Jem, Pitches with Attitude, Gravy Train, Ryan Hurley, Botfly, and Sam Clarke. Other activities will include dance performances, a yoga presentation, food, games, raffles, the AIDS Quilt, films and pictures from Haiti.
The university’s Mercy Center for Spiritual Life will conduct a midnight vigil, and a 6 a.m. sunrise service. Tent City participants will be staying awake for the duration of the “dusk to dawn” event.