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Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long joined several other individuals in speaking with the media about the Razorbacks’ involvement in Razorback Relief:Operation Haiti.

Long spoke to members of area media along with ESPN personality Jimmy Dykes, Razorback student-athlete and SAAC member Terry Prentice and Numana member and former Razorback mens’ golfer Rich Morris.

"I’m excited to be a part of Razorback Relief Operation Haiti," Long said. "Our student-athetes have been frustrated. When the earthquake hit, we looked for ways we could help. We kept looking for what we could do to help in this sitiuation butnothing seemed to fit with what our student-athletes could do until Jimmy and Rich came to our door."

RAZORBACK ATHLETICSRazorback Relief: Operation Haiti Fact SheetDate, Time and Location?The 24-hour event is scheduled to begin Friday, June 25 (through June 26)at the Randal Tyson Track Center. There is a 7 p.m. kickoff scheduled.What is Razorback Relief Operation Haiti?Volunteers will work alongside Razorback student-athletes to help package meals that will be shipped directly to starving people in Haiti. Interested volunteers are encouraged to gather friends, co-workers, fellow students and family members to work together in rewarding and entertaining two-hour shifts that will result in desperately needed food for those in need.What is the goal?The goal is to feed those in need who are still suffering after the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. To encourage people to volunteer, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long has also thrown out a challenge to package 2 million meals. This is in an effort to better the relief efforts of more than 1 million packaged meals in Los Angeles and Kansas City.Who is Numana? (from numanainc.com)Numana, Inc. is a nonprofit hunger relief organization with the mission to empower people to save the starving. Through meal packaging events, Numana sends food to countries where intense insecurity exists.Who is organizing the event?Along with the University of Arkansas and Numana, the event is being organized by Acumen Holdings.How does the food get delivered to Haiti?The packaged meals will be shipped directly to starving people in Haiti by Numana, Inc. under the watchful eye of the United States Military.How do I know this food is getting to the people in need?As the food arrives in Haiti, each box is bar-coded and delivered to its corresponding recipient. The need continues to be the 20,000-person tent cities.How do I sign up to help?Just show up. Volunteers do not need to register in advance and you can come as an individual or in groups.How long are the volunteer shifts?The plan is to work in two-hour shifts but volunteers are welcome to work longer or for more than one shift.How old do you need to be to volunteer?We want all ages to be a part of this event. There is plenty to do! Ages four and up are more than welcome.If I have a group that wants to volunteer can we work together at the same station?Groups or organizations interested in volunteering for the event should e-mail local event organizer Rich Morris at richmorris@acumenholdings.com for group information.Is there admission to the event?No, but volunteers are encouraged to bring canned goodsWhat is the record for number of meals produced?1.2 million is the record set in February in Kansas City, Mo.



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