Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002

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Afghan culture show raises cash for kids

By Ben Leith
Gazette Staff

A short reading from the Koran and the singing of the Afghan national anthem kicked off "We Want to Help," a fundraising campaign for the women and children of Afghanistan, in the University Community Centre atrium yesterday.

"Every dollar that we [have] raised is keeping a child alive in Afghanistan this week," said Ron Posno, campaign chair.

The campaign has so far raised more than $100,000 from personal contributions, a sum Posno said he believes will increase significantly once other organized activities in the UCC get started Friday.

Events in the atrium today will feature displays, pamphlets, speakers and an Afghan fashion show and cultural dance.

Shaima Rezazaba, a fourth-year computer science student and member of the Afghan Students' Association, oversaw a display of traditional Afghan clothing and crafts made by Afghan women.

"I am here because of a love for the Afghan people, especially its women and children. This is my last year at Western and I hope to do as much as I can," Rezazaba said.

Support given by the Western community to the people of Afghanistan is very meaningful, said Sayeda Painda, ASA president and fourth-year computer science and anthropology student.

"[People's] support means a lot to Afghan children with no shelter, no food and nowhere to turn," she said.

The Muslim Students Association is working in conjunction with the ASA to raise money and awareness, said Haisam Ghaly, a second-year science student working at the MSA display.

"We have the chance to make a real difference here. We must take it," Ghaly said.

Painda said the ASA hopes the campaign will help clear up any misconceptions people may have about Afghanistan while raising money at the same time.

"The most common misconception about Afghanistan is its association with terrorism. Afghanistan has never had any conflicts with the outside world. I hope to clear up the view that we are a country that harbours terrorists," she said.

Painda said the ASA was started by students with the goal of creating awareness of Afghan people on the Western campus.

The creation of the club was delayed until this year because the fifteen people necessary to ratify a club could not be found. This is the largest ASA event to date, she said.

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