20 August 2013, 20:25
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University of Michigan students help Syrian Armenians

The University of Michigan, Armenian Students' Cultural Association (ASCA) students based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contributed $3,000 to the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF). The sum was part of a $150,000 transfer earlier this month to the special account for the Syrian Armenian Committee for Relief and Rehabilitation.

The students had raised the funds by doing a bake-sell in frigid weather, but the bulk of the funds were raised during their annual ASCA Hye Hop Charity Gala, with a raffle of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The purpose for the ASCA is to bring Armenian students on campus together in both social and cultural settings.

“Each year we choose an Armenian charity to direct proceeds to, and this year we decided SARF was a particularly timely and important cause to support,” said Emily Hogikyan, President of the University of Michigan ASCA. “Many of the attendees were from the Southeastern Michigan area, but we had some who flew in from as far as California!”

Zaven Khanjian, Chairperson of the SARF Executive Committee welcomed and praised the university students for their collective efforts to help the Armenian community in Syria, who are struggling to live through the war in very dire conditions. Khanjian challenged everyone to follow the example of the Michigan students to do their share to help the Syrian Armenians too.

The following churches, charities and organizations came together to form the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund in August 2012: Armenian Catholic Eparchy in North America; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Western Diocese of the Armenian Church; Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America; Armenian General Benevolent Union; Armenian Missionary Association of America; Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A.; Armenian Democratic Liberal Party; Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Western U.S.A.; and Social Democrat Hunchakian Party-Western U.S.A. 

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