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Cass staff and students get on their bikes for Haiti

Cass raises over £3,000 for disaster relief in Haiti

Friday, 5 February, 2010

Cass students and staff got together recently to show their support for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti with a number of activities around Cass which raised more than £3000 for the disaster relief effort.

Just before five o’clock on Tuesday 12 January this year a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck ten miles from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. The full extent of the devastation is only now becoming clear and the Red Cross has estimated that 200,000 people lost their lives and further three million have been left in desperate need of aid. Homes have been destroyed along with schools, hospitals and other buildings, and many children orphaned or separated from their families. Some of the serious problems faced by Haitians following the devastation include poor sanitation and disease due to exposed sewage pipes.

In order to raise money for Haiti Students had to come up with ideas that would involve everyone across the business school. Hats for Haiti’ simply required everyone entering our Bunhill Row building to wear a hat of any kind and Cass rose to the challenge donning everything from sombreros to trilbies. Meanwhile, outside Cass, students and staff, including Cass Dean Richard Gillingwater (pictured, right), undertook a 12 hour non-stop cycle on exercise bikes, kindly donated by Virgin Active.

The initiatives were inspired by Cass MEMBA student and Haitian national Sendra Dorcé who appealed for help from her friends and was delighted by the response from the School: I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support and the many people who have offered their good wishes for this cause. I encourage everyone to go out in your communities and inspire them to continue the giving and generosity.

If you missed out on the chance to give on the day you can donate online at

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Richard Gillingwater, Dean, Cass Business School, and Sendra Dorcé (above) get on their bikes for charity, along with students (below)

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