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Aid for Bangladesh, rice for the hungry

December 5, 2007

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Cyclone Sidr devastated coastal villages in southwest Bangladesh in November – killing thousands and wiping out 90 per cent of the all-important rice crop – and Bob Anderson wanted to help.

The SFU communication professor has a career-long research interest in the role rice plays in the developing nations of Asia.

So, he asked his colleagues in the School of Communication via email to help a Bangladesh NGO he established in 1974 – and the response was overwhelming.

Within a few days a School of Communication e-fundraising effort yielded more than $2000 to aid Bangladesh. “It was very impressive,” says Anderson. “We’ve got a very generous team here and I want to thank all of them.”

And speaking of rice, if you like words - and what they mean – you can help the United Nations World Food Program deliver rice to the world’s hungry at the Words for Food website, http://freerice.com/. FreeRice donates 20 grams to the UN food program for every correct answer to its online vocabulary quiz. So, dust off your dictionary, challenge your workmates and watch that pile of rice grow.

And be warned – this quiz is very addictive.
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