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Student’s project aids Tsunami victims

February 28, 2005

Senior public relations major Angela Collie is already demonstrating considerable potential in her future career.

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Tsunami Relief effort – Pictured with “UB” of Foxy 99 are (seated from left) Kelani Coakley, fundraising chair, Angela Collie, coordinator, and Julia Ayers, PRSSA president.

Collie and the UNCP chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organized a fundraiser February 22 that raised $332 for American Red Cross’ tsunami relief efforts.

With a little help from her friends, Collie rocked UNCP’s James B. Chavis University Center. Foxy 99, the hip-hop radio station, and a slate of student performers entertained as Collie and her PRSSA colleagues sold raffle tickets.

A somewhat weary but still enthusiastic Collie said it was worth the work.

“Monday, it rained while I put out flyers across campus and at the Food Lion,” she said. “I cried.”

But the sun broke out on Tuesday helping raise spirits and money. Collie’s spirits were soaring with afternoon temperatures.

Student Robert Chavis stopped by to contribute.

“I just got back from nine months in Iraq, so I know a good cause,” Chavis said.

A group from Booker T. Washington Elementary School also recognized a good cause.

“They drove 45 minutes to deliver a carload of supplies,” Collie said. “They said they heard it on the radio this morning.”

Collie cried for a second time.

“I’ve learned the power of the media to promote a good idea,” she said.

The project will serve as Collie’s senior thesis, and she said it was a learning experience.

“People in Durham heard about it on TV,” she said. “I learned a lot. I learned I am a stronger person than I thought, and I learned that this is what I am cut out to do.”

And the world is a little better place for it.