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MU hosts fundraising event for Turkey earthquake victims

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 5:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Turkish food will be on sale Friday at MU to support victims of the earthquake in Turkey.

The fundraising event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in rooms 2212 A and B of the MU Student Center at 901 E Rollins St. The MU Dialogue Club, which works to increase tolerance and understanding among students, is hosting the sale.

More than 600 people were killed and more than 2,600 were injured in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled eastern Turkey on Oct. 23, according to a New York Times report.

Mustafa Sir, the MU Dialogue Club's former faculty adviser, said he realizes there are problems everywhere in the world, but the situation in Turkey is pressing.

"Most of the immediate needs are taken care of, but, in the long run, they are facing a long winter," he said.

MU master's student Orkide Izci is from Istanbul, and her parents still live in Turkey. She said raising money for the country is important because the people who live there are poor. 

"Right now, they just live in pens, and it's too cold over there, and I don't think the government helps too much," she said. "I think Turkey needs help from the other countries."

At Friday's event, members of the Dialogue Club will also talk about trips they've taken to Turkey and their upcoming trip this summer.

Though he doesn't know for certain, Sir said he expects there will be baklava, salads and pastries available for purchase.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go to a relief fund set up by the Niagara Foundation, an organization that encourages global fellowship. People who cannot attend the event but would still like to make a contribution can donate online.


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