During spring break last year, the Herons stayed in Teresopolis, a city located about 62 miles north of Rio, on their trip to Brazil. In the early hours on Jan. 12, heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding that have killed at least 400 people. The natural disaster is said to have driven thousands from their homes, and is thought to be the deadliest natural disaster in Brazil in decades.
Members of the William Smith soccer team are working to give aid specifically to those whose kindness they experienced on their trip. The Herons discovered, through the owner of the hotel where they stayed a year ago, that among the employees’ families 20 people have been killed as a result of the natural disaster.
William Smith soccer players will have a table set up in the Scandling Campus Center at meal times, asking students, faculty, and staff to make donations. All funds raised will be sent directly to the employees of the hotel and their families who have been affected by this tragedy.
If you’d like to lend your financial support, contact William Smith Soccer Head Coach Aliceann Wilber (firstname.lastname@example.org).