RADNOR, Pa. (September 7, 2005) —Students at Cabrini College today launched a year-long campaign to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Cabrini students decided to extend their outreach through the academic year due to the anticipated time frame of the recovery efforts.
Cabrini's Heart at Work Campaign began today with a volunteer fair recruiting students and accepting donations. Every student organization on campus is participating in the campaign.
The first phase of the campaign will raise funds through activities such as car washes, dances, and through cash donations. Phase two will focus on collecting supplies for Katrina's victims.
Cabrini High School, a sister institution to the Radnor-based College is located in Orleans Parish. The high school appears to be intact, but further information is not known. Both institutions were founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and named for its founder, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Sister Alice Zanon, MSC, a Missionary Sister living in New Orleans, remained in the city during the hurricane. She had been out of contact for a few days, however Sister Alice is safe and has arrived in Philadelphia to stay with the senior sisters at the St. Cabrini Home.
Every year, Cabrini High School grants a scholarship to attend Cabrini College. Currently four scholarship recipients are enrolled at the College. The parents of one of the students lost their home and plan to relocate to the Delaware Valley until they can safely return to Louisiana.
In addition, a Cabrini College junior resident assistant was called up for National Guard Duty last week. Currently he is stationed at Alexandria Airport, near New Orleans. His tour of duty could last anywhere from 29 days to months.
Half the funds raised by Cabrini students will go directly to the Cabrini High School Community, aiding those families affected by the hurricane. The remaining donations will go to Catholic Charities USA for use in their relief efforts.