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KNOXVILLE — Full-time MBA students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have donated $1,020 to Habitat for Humanity Chile to help rebuild areas affected by the recent earthquake.

Sixty-four students from the MBA program, who had been planning to spend their spring break in an international immersion experience in Chile and were diverted from landing in the country because of the earthquake, wanted to do something for the area and help the Chilean people.

“Habitat for Humanity is a cause near and dear to our students’ hearts,” said Amy Cathey, MBA program director. “The last six MBA classes have built a Habitat home in Knoxville, and this year’s class currently is raising funds for their seventh. So, this charity was a natural fit.”

According to Habitat for Humanity Chile, the MBA donation will be used as part of a larger contribution that will help rebuild and repair homes, schools and community centers in Curepto, Villa Prat, Paine, and Santa Maria Island.

“Through our work with Habitat for Humanity Knoxville, the MBA class knows how important having a home can be. Throughout the aftermath of the earthquake, we were all impressed by the strength of the Chilean people. We wanted to do something in their honor, and this donation seemed to be a perfect fit,” said Katie Davidson, an MBA student in the Class of 2010.

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