ASB raises money for Haiti with shirt sales

March 2, 2010

Sarah deLanda

ASB is selling T-shirts to aid Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. The fundraiser began Feb. 8 and all profits will go to the “Hope for Haiti” organization. More information can be found at hopeforhaiti.com.

“We’re trying to target funds towards kids in Haiti,” ASB secretary senior Cindy Chen said.

The idea for selling shirts came from seniors Breana Meagher and Jocelyne Yamaguchi as well as sophomore Caitlyn Yamaguchi. The concept was one of many emerging ideas for how to raise funds. There were plans for a “Quarters for Quake” fundraiser as a challenge to other school leaderships to see who could raise the most money within a week. Because other schools had already committed to their own fundraisers, the collaborative idea fell flat. But even without the motivation of competition, over 100 shirts have already been sold.

With large disasters, every cent counts. ASB is promoting T-shirts with posters, announcements and by word of mouth.

It took nearly a month to begin T-shirt sales because of prior commitments and the delay of planning the fundraiser. When the earthquake struck, ASB was focused on first semester finals and the Sadie Hawkins dance. The success of the Haiti relief plans might have been compromised because students were initially concentrated on other issues. To delay matters further, ASB didn’t meet every day of finals week. It took time to brainstorm for the best way to earn money for Haiti. After it was settled to sell T-shirts, there was the matter of finding a shirt design and a vendor to create the shirts.

“The shirts look cool,” senior Mehak Dharmani said. “I’m going to feel like a good person.”

ASB hopes sales will continue so they would be able to order a second shipment of shirts.

“I think it’s going to be a while until we can say it’s ‘enough,’ but the shirts brought attention to us trying to raise funds and a lot of people started donating money,” sophomore Jennifer Chang said.

ASB will continue to offer the Haiti relief T-shirts for $15 dollars in the student center until an undecided date.