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2005.02.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Muslim Student Association to Host Feb. 10 Benefit for Tsunami Relief

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) geology professor, a speaker giving an Islamic perspective on God and disasters, and the head of a international charitable foundation will give presentations on the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami and its aftermath at a fundraising event sponsored by the UNO Muslim Student Association on Thursday, Feb. 10.   All of the money raised will go to tsunami relief for Aceh, Indonesia.

"Aceh province in Indonesia was the hardest hit by the tsunami.  More than 100,000 people lost their lives," said Daniel Hummel, president of the Muslim Student Association.  "This event is a way for us in Omaha to help make a difference."

The event will be held in the UNO Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Speakers include:

Harmon Maher, UNO professor of geology, will discuss earthquakes and volcanic activity in general, what specifically happened Dec. 26 and what can be done to avoid loss of life during future tectonic events.

Tehminia Zeb, a speaker from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Nebraska, will present "An Islamic Perspective on the Tsunami Disaster."  Zeb speaks to high schools, universities, and business board meetings about topics in Islam.

Hatil Demir is the head of the Zakat Foundation, one of the largest Muslim charities in the United States that operates both nationally and internationally.  Demir will give an overview of relief efforts currently under way in Aceh and what other resources are needed.

Entrance to the event is free, but contributions will be taken for the relief effort.  Entertainment will be provided, and refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Hummel at (402) 319-7964.

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