Lending a paw

Lending a paw

Sophomore accounting major T.C. Bedo of Alpharetta hawks $10 Dawgs for Haiti T-shirts in the Tate Center Plaza.

Photo by: Andrew Davis Tucker

Dawgs for Haiti, a campus-wide initiative organized by Volunteer UGA, has raised more than $58,000 for the relief efforts in Haiti. More than 100 campus organizations have joined in the fundraiser, holding bake sales and benefits, selling T-shirts, collecting money at athletics events and encouraging local businesses to donate a portion of their proceeds to the effort. UGA President Michael F. Adams helped the initiative by volunteering to sell T-shirts and asking the university community to contribute during his Jan. 21 State of the University address. The students also gave Athens businesses blue ribbons, representing the blue of the Haitian flag, to give to patrons who contributed to the cause. The first $50,000 collected was pledged to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. Dawgs for Haiti has made an additional $50,000 pledge to Oxfam America for that organization's reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti. Online donations and T-shirt orders are accepted at the organization's Web site, dawgsforhaiti.uga.edu.

See a video of students selling shirts at http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/multimedia/dawgsforhaiti.