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Students raise money, awareness for refugees, sleep in refugee tent, fast for one week

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Oct. 16, 2006. Students at SCU are taking a stand against the crisis facing refugees around the world. During the week of Oct. 16-20, an exact replica of the tents used to house refugees will be on display in the center of campus. Students will be giving tours of the tent, embarking on a fundraising campaign, and staying overnight in the tent. The students will also participate in a 1000-calorie fast, based on the recent decrease in the UN rations from 1800 calories daily to 1000 calories daily.   The money the students save on food will be donated to organizations concerned with feeding the poor.  “This project is important because there are refugees suffering all over the world. They need our attention through prayer, fasting, and resources (including money),” said Elizabeth Tellman, student coordinator for Santa Clarans for Justice.

SCU is the first west coast school to have the tent on display. The week long event is organized by Santa Clarans for Social Justice and the tent is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. The tent will travel to Seattle University next. There are a number of events associated with this week long event. Schedule of events.

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