8th April 1999

 

LINCOLN’S MAYOR BACKS EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

 

The Mayor of Lincoln today gave his whole-hearted backing to an appeal to raise funds for a region of Colombia devastated by an earthquake in January.

 

Postgraduate students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside have linked up with the City of Lincoln to adopt a school in the ‘Eje Cafetero’ and now plan to spend the next few months raising £25,000 for urgent infrastructure repairs.

 

Their appeal was launched this morning (Thursday 8th April) at Lincoln’s Guildhall, where Lincoln’s Mayor, Cllr Bud Robinson, heard a presentation about the Colombian earthquake. Among the planned activities are salsa workshops, an open-air salsa concert and a special Colombia Day in the summer with events throughout the city.

 

“I think this is a magnificent idea because it will get young people involved, and they’re full of compassion,” said Cllr Robinson when he met students and staff from the university today. “People are in desperate need through no fault of their own, and I would hope that the people of Lincoln can help them.”

 

Colombian postgraduate student Andres Mejia commented: “There is already a link between Lincoln and Colombia and this project will be a good way to strengthen that bond. It’s a question of the people of Lincoln showing solidarity with Colombia.”

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has now adopted the Centro Docente Simon Bolivar in Quindio and are urging local firms and organisations to pledge their support to the project.

 

Tomorrow (Friday 9th April) they will be manning a stand in St Benedict’s Square, off the High Street, Lincoln, to raise awareness of the crisis in Colombia.

 

If you would like to make a donation to the appeal please telephone Lincoln 886368 or 886157, or e-mail jmejia@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, tel: 01522 886042