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Cal Band, Dance and Cheer perform at noon rally for Hurricane Sandy relief

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NOVEMBER 29, 2012

The UC Berkeley chapter of CalPIRG organized a rally Thursday to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on the one-month anniversary of the storm.

At the noon rally on the steps of Sproul Plaza, the Cal Band gave a short performance, playing renditions of inspirational songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Carry On Wayward Son,” and Cal’s Dance and Cheer teams performed and helped collect donations from passers-by and spectators.

In addition to the rally, volunteers braved intermittent rain over the course of the day to collect donations in cash and by text message on Sproul Plaza, in front of Dwinelle Hall and near the Free Speech Movement Cafe.

“We want to highlight the anniversary and keep it in the public consciousness,” said CalPIRG member Anushah Hossain, a campus sophomore and an organizer of the rally.

CalPIRG intern and sophomore Dylan Clark called the event a success, adding that about 200 people stopped to watch the rally.

A host of campus organizations are cooperating to fund relief work in areas affected by the storm, including Berkeley’s ASUC, Colleges Against Cancer and the Cal Service Network.

A similar all-day fundraising campaign Wednesday garnered $1,075 in text and cash donations from 253 people, according to Hossain, though the campaign’s long-term goal is to collect $35,000 over the course of the school year, or about $1 for every Berkeley student.

Donations CalPIRG collects will be used by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness and the American Red Cross first to purchase supplies for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and then to aid in costs of rebuilding homes damaged by the storm.

“We’ve had a really good response with outreach,” Hossain said. “Everyone understands that this is an important issue.”

Contact Gautham Thomas at [email protected].

NOVEMBER 29, 2012