Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Calls On The Chicagoland Area To Participate In Tsunami Candlelight Vigil Feb. 18 Vigil Memorial Service Will Also Honor The Family Of Local Tsunami Victim, Who Are Residents Of Rush's 1st CD

Feb 15, 2005
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush announced today that he would take part in a candlelight vigil on February 18 to honor victims and families of the tsunami disaster.  As Southeast Asia and East Africa begin their recovery efforts, this tribute will give the Chicagoland area an opportunity to pay tribute to victims such as Hyde Park resident Tamara Mendis, who was killed when a wave swept her passenger train off track in Sri Lanka.  Mendis family resides in Congressman Rush's 1st Congressional District. Tamaras widow, Eardley Mendis, will be on hand for the event.


Its been more than six weeks since the tsunami disaster, but the devastation continues, said Rush.  Families are still dealing with the loss of loved ones and survivors are struggling to rebuild their lives. If we can come together as a city, we can bring about change for the tsunami victims and other national disasters.


The vigil is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2005 at the Federal Plaza (Kluczynksi Federal Building), 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL from 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.


Participating organizations include: UNICEF, Fire Reserve Development Program, Asian Human Services, Inc., Vietnamese Association of Illinois, Pakistan Federation of America Chicago, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, DeVry University, Department of Health and Human Services, Taiwan Benevolent Association, Asian Social Network, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Midwest Business Alliance, Asian American Small Business Association, Afghan Network, The Thai Association of Illinois, Bangladesh Association of Illinois and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.


Participating offices of Consul Generals include: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Philippine, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Thailand.


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