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Brooklyn Campus Hosts ‘The Great LIU Electric Slide’ to Raise Money for a School Bus in Tanzania

Dance fundraiser is on Friday, Oct. 29, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
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Brooklyn, N.Y. — Faculty, students, staff and even the Campus chaplain at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will dance to raise money for a school bus in Tanzania on Friday, Oct. 29, at “The Great LIU Electric Slide.”

Father Charles Keeney, who for four years has spearheaded the Campus’ fundraising effort for impoverished children in the city of Arusha, said the Campus hopes to raise $27,000 to cover the cost of a school bus.

“In America, we too often take education and transportation for granted,” Father Charlie said. “In many areas of Tanzania, children are fortunate if they have a school to attend. In Arusha, we’re helping them build a school and provide transportation to get to that school.”

Since 2006, the Brooklyn Campus has faithfully supported fundraising efforts for a home and a school for these children, many of whom are sons and daughters of mothers who have been accused of a crime and have been put in jail for up to five years before they can be seen by a judge. If not for the home and school, which are both called St. Gabriel’s and are run by the Sisters of St. Gemma Galgani, the children might otherwise be forced to stay behind bars with their mothers, Father Charlie said.

Participants at the “The Great LIU Electric Slide,” to be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Athletic Center, will be asked to make a donation. In return, they will be taught how to do the celebratory synchronized line dance. Adding to the enthusiasm, a Halloween Carnival, sponsored by the Student Government Association, will be taking place in the gym at the same time.

“This is a fun way to do a good deed and have a positive effect on the lives of people less fortunate than us,” said Karlene Thompson, director of Student Life and Leadership Development.

This week, the Campus conducted its fifth annual “Rock-A-Thon,” raising $5,000 toward the school bus for St. Gabriel’s. The event involved students in rocking chairs collecting money from passing students, faculty and staff.

“Participating in the Rock-A-Thon creates an experience of service that the students will remember and be proud of,” Father Charlie said.

Fifteen children, aged 2 to 8, live at the St. Gabriel’s home in Arusha. A total of 120 neighborhood children attend the school.

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Posted 10/28/2010

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