Zumba for Haiti

By Dave Sherry

December 15, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 1:03 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) A group of 15 SUNY Broome biology students will be traveling to Haiti for 10 days in January.

The Health for Haiti students are going to work on health education and installing a water filtration system in Grande Saline, a small village near the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Sunday afternoon, the students held their largest fundraiser, a Zumba class with 50/50 and basket raffles.

While Sunday's event was a fun way to exercise and raise money, the project itself is very important, as Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

"A third of their population is under the age of 20 and it's just very important to educate them," said Emily Burgoon, a freshman at SUNY Broome and organizer of the event. "Their future is within the children and their healthcare is within the children."

Health for Haiti's goal is to raise $10,000. Sunday's Zumba event brought in $2,600, bringing their total to around $8,000.

They are also looking for general healthcare supplies, including aspirin, allergy medication, bandages, ointment and more.

Donations can be made through SUNY Broome's Faculty Student Association or dropped off in Room 207 of the Natural Science Center or Room 217 of the Decker Health Sciences Center on campus.

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