$1,700 for Haiti in 5 minutes

Dal’s faculty of management raises funds for Haiti relief


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Organizer Selina Cajolais and her team count the money they raised. Photo: Laura Parlee.

A five-minute fundraiser raised nearly $2,000 for Haiti relief today - but it fell short of organizers' expectations.

At 11:20 a.m. sharp, a countdown clock began and Dalhousie's Faculty of Management began collecting donations at the Kenneth C. Rowe Building.

About 100 people were in the building as the event happened. Some people threw spare change into the donation buckets while others gave volunteers envelopes stuffed with bills that they had collected with co-workers.

Students exiting their classrooms on different floors of the building peered over the balcony to the main floor where the majority of the people were gathered. Meanwhile, volunteers walked around on all five floors carrying donation buckets and encouraging people to contribute to the cause.

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Selina Cajolais came up with the idea for the "$5,000 in five minutes" fundraiser. Photo: Karen Jouhal

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Dal students try to raise $5,000 for Haiti in five minutes. Video: Laura Parlee, Lesley Pike, Jared Hochman.

The five-minute fundraiser raised $1726.59, but the official count will be done by TD Canada later this week.

How it started

The idea for the fundraiser began a few weeks ago when Selina Cajolais was abruptly woken up one night with the words "Five in Five" racing through her head. As she lay in bed, she began analyzing the dream she just had.

"My brain works in overtime while I sleep, I guess," said Cajolais.

It was then that Cajolais, a part-time management student and the administrative secretary in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, decided it would be a "pretty neat idea" to raise $5,000 in five minutes.

"And then everything happened in Haiti the next day," she said.

"It made all the sense in the world to actually make this fundraiser happen."

She began planning the fundraiser to raise money for the relief efforts in earthquake-ravished Haiti by speaking with one of her professors.

"As it happened, the Management 1001 class, of which I am a student, had to do a ‘Get Your Hands Dirty' exercise, where we [had] to go out and make a difference in society. So I told Dr. Ed Leach my dream, explained that I wanted to do it for Haiti, but I knew I couldn't do it alone. I asked if it qualified for the assignment and could I have partners from the class."

Not only were her classmates eager to help, but so was the entire Faculty of Management.

Cajolais and her team gathered at the building this morning after spending the last few days contacting their friends and peers to come by and donate their coffee money for the day.

People who couldn't attend today can still make donations by contacting Cajolais at 902-494-3996. They can also drop by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Sexton campus.

Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more can request a receipt, which will be issued by The Canadian Red Cross.



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