African and Caribbean cuisine served at Dawson to fundraise money for Haiti
by Jennifer Attia
Last Thursday, Dawson students had a food sale of African and Carribean dishes in Conrod’s to raise money for Haiti.
The success of the food sale was partly due to the stand up comedy happening across the room. The music and laughter initially attracted students to see what was going on and the smell of the food kept them there.
African food was served and included meals like Djom Djom Rice, Poulerie, Saheena, and many more. The food was a gift from the African restaurant “Coeur d’Afrique” which specializes in imported African food.
“Everyone has been putting a lot of effort into this fundraiser. All the money will be going to the Haiti relief,” active participant Cynthia Nelson said.
Many people were discovering or re-discovering African and Caribbean food.
“The food was pretty awesome. I’ve never had these dishes so it was a new experience for me,” fourth semester Commerce student Julian Merlo said.
For other students it was not that much of a surprise but still very enjoyable.
“I’m used to this kind of food, I’m a real African guy,” Dawson student Essien T. said. “These kind of events are good because it gets people together and some people come from [all] around the world and feel lost. But at Dawson, and in this event, they immediately feel better.”
Black History Month has been advertised a lot this year and many students spent time in Conrod’s to connect more with the different cultures. The food sale increased student awareness of different cultures and some students even want to do their projects on the subject.
“I chose to trace back how the slavery started. I mean where it actually began,” Dawson student Lea Borel said about her mid-term English oral. “I got so interested in the subject that I even came to try African food, something I never thought I would do. I actually love it!”
This African Food day at Dawson was a success not only because of all the money raised that will be going straight to the Haiti Relief but also because it helped students discover other cultures that they had not been exposed to in their lives.