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Campus Raises Funds for Herd of Goats for Villages in India

1/13/2011 —

Penn State York students, faculty, and staff have raised more than $2,000, enough money for a large herd of goats for villages in India through the Heifer International Project. Students selected how the donations would be spent with Heifer International. This is the largest amount of money the campus has ever raised for the organization.

“The Heifer effort this year was a great example of how the campus really pulls together to meet a goal,” said Ann Fetterman, instructor in English, director of the writing lab, and the point person for volunteer activities on campus. “The library staff challenged the entire campus community and people really stepped forward to donate,” she said. “I like that we are sending support back to India in gratitude for the large number of students we have on campus who came to Penn State York from India,” Fetterman said.

In previous years the campus has raised funds to send bucks, sheep, and rams to the coastal and northwestern districts of Orissa State in India: Puri, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, and Suderga, as well as sending two water buffalo and a goat for the Lusime Women’s Draft Cattle Project in Zambia.

Penn State York’s fundraising activities for Heifer have included selling scoops of ice cream at the noon hour, selling pins with photos of animals on them such as Love a Llama, and just collecting general donations. With the $2,012 raised, the campus will fund the purchase of 16 goats ($120 each) for families in the eastern Rajasthan area of India.

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 60 years

For more information on this project, please contact Ann Fetterman at (717) 771-4162 or axf25@psu.edu.

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