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Tighe Radio Interview Online

Global activist, lawyer, and President and CEO of Direct Relief International Thomas Tighe was interviewed on Finger Lakes News Radio on Wednesday morning. Tighe is on campus as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Convocation ceremony, addressing issues of global citizenship. The show aired on Finger Lakes News Radio on 1240, WGVA in Geneva and 1590AM and 98.1FM, WAUB in Auburn and WCGR 1550 AM.

Ted Baker interviewed Tighe about the work and mission of Direct Relief International. The organization is currently active with relief efforts for victims of the wildfires raging across California and is still working in the Gulf Coast region four years after Katrina caused devastation there.

When asked for a preview of what he’ll say tonight, Tighe said he wouldn’t go into too many specifics, but “The Colleges’ emphasis on global citizenship and international service is something near and dear to me… HWS has a strong ethic that has become part if its identity.” He said he’d encourage students tonight, “Whatever it is you’re doing, do more of it.”

Since October of 2000, Tighe has led Direct Relief International, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization established in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1948.  Funded entirely with private support, Direct Relief International provides medical material assistance to locally run health programs around the world and in the U.S. Since Tighe’s arrival, Direct Relief has made cash grants of more than $3 million and furnished more than $1 billion of essential medicines, equipment and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and all 50 U.S. states.  Direct Relief International has been named one of America’s Best 100 Charities by Worth magazine, is one of only two U.S. charities rated by Forbes magazine as 100 percent efficient, and has been ranked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as California’s largest international nonprofit organization based on private support.

Convocation will be held on Stern Lawn on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.  All are welcome.

Tighe’s interview can be heard online.