SAAC Gets involved in Hurricane Katrina Relief EffortsSeptember 12, 2005
By Christie Faircloth-Dixon
|SAAC President Danielle Baskin|
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) voted unanimously on Wednesday to donate proceeds from all fundraisers for 2005-06 to the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of the United States. SAAC also voted unanimously to kick start their efforts by making immediate donations to these organizations.
"Both of these organizations are doing an amazing job in helping out in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast," states Christie Faircloth-Dixon, Senior Women’s Administrator and advisor to SAAC. "While the Red Cross continues to help the many people affected by this disaster, the Humane Society of the United States is rescuing the many beloved pets whose owners were forced to leave them behind in order to evacuate. They are also working to rescue farm animals and wildlife also victimized by Katrina."
SAAC has many fundraisers planned for the upcoming year, including car washes and selling concessions at women’s basketball home games. In addition to these fundraisers, SAAC will collect loose change at as many home games as possible throughout the school year.
"I feel that donating our funds for the hurricane relief is much more important than using them for our own benefit," said Danielle Baskin, SAAC president and women’s basketball representative. "Although we originally had other plans for how our money would be used, we do realize what is most important at the moment. The committee unselfishly agreed to donate our proceeds to those in need. Many athletes are familiar with the acronym ‘WIN: What's Important Now.’ We feel very strongly that contributing to the hurricane relief is ‘What's Important Now,’ and we hope to help in any way possible."
What can you do to help? By donating that loose change out of your car and pockets, or buying a snack at the home games for women’s basketball, you will be providing disaster relief to those in dire need.