Uni help for Nepal

Those were the words of Trishna Gauchan from the Murdoch University Nepalese Association (MUNA) after a $5000 donation from the university to its seven-week appeal to raise funds to help Nepal�s earthquake victims.

Ms Gauchan said some of the university�s students had family and friends in Nepal who were striving to cope with the devastation following the April 25 quakes.

MUNA will be joined by the university and Student Guild to collect donations on behalf of the Australian Red Cross for its Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said the University had 54 Nepalese students.

�The safety and wellbeing of our students is always our number one priority,� he said.

�As a university with global aspirations we must support our international students and their families who contribute so much to our community.

�Fortunately, all of our university�s Nepalese students have been able to establish contact with their families.

�For some of our students, the emotional impact has hit hard with some wishing to return home to help or be with their relatives.

�Our Student Support team has been in touch with all of our Nepalese students since the earthquake and is working to support them in every way we can.�

Prof Taggart said funds raised would help the Red Cross provide humanitarian support to Nepal, including emergency water and sanitation, shelter, health, protection and also long-term recovery and rebuilding.

MUNA members will collect donations during Thursday Market Days.