Students from Texas A&M University at Qatar who led a drive to raise funds to help their fellow main campus students affected by a devastating hurricane have been recognized for their generosity and spirit.
The Texas A&M at Qatar students — led by the Qatari Students Association and Al-Sanna — raised $21,000 (QAR 78,475) during the daylong Texas Tough Together fundraiser, which featured food and juice stalls, and sales of merchandise such as t-shirts, coffee mugs and water bottles. All proceeds from Texas Tough Together went to the Texas A&M University Student and Employee Disaster Relief Fund.
The Student Senate at Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station, Texas (USA), have recently passed a resolution honoring the student body at Texas A&M at Qatar for their generosity.
The resolution read, in part, “Whereas in the spirit of taking care of others, Texas A&M at Qatar campus organizations, the Qatari Students Association (QSA) and Al-Sanna and the Office of Outreach at Texas A&M University at Qatar created the Texas Tough Together event for those in Qatar to offer and send support to the ones affected by this unprecedented storm; let it be resolved that the 70th session of the Texas A&M University Student Senate officially recognizes the generosity and contribution of the TAMUQ students through the Texas Tough Together event to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey; and let it be further resolved that the Texas A&M University Student Senate express appreciation in particular to QSA and Al-Sanna for organizing this event and supporting this cause to help Aggies and Texans-at-large 8,000 miles away.”
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said approximately 45 percent of Texas A&M’s main campus’s student body — which is more than 31,000 students (called “Aggies”) — come from one of the counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, with “many students arriving for classes with literally just the clothes on their backs after wading through waist-deep water in their hometowns.”
T-shirts, mugs and water bottles are still available for purchase; email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about the Texas A&M University Student and Employee Disaster Relief Fund, visit http://president.tamu.edu/messages/harvey-disaster-relief-fund.html
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