05/03/2013 09:49 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT

McGill students raise funds for survivors of Bangladesh building collapse

Members of McGill University's Bangladesh Students Association are hoping to raise $10,000 to help the victims of the recent clothing factory collapse in Savar, a suburb just west of Dhaka.

More than 500 people have been confirmed dead so far. The official number of missing has been 149 since Wednesday, though unofficial estimates are higher.

Many others have been injured.

"It's people who don't have legs or hands," said Mohid Khan, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry from Bangladesh. "We're collecting donation[s] for the victims and their families, to ensure their long-term rehabilitation."

Khan and his fellow students visited four mosques today. Their pleas for help did not go unanswered.

"We're just trying to help each other," said Farouk Ahmed, who made a donation outside the al-Ummah Mosque in downtown Montreal.

"A lot of people are killed, and they make our clothes there," said donor Medhi Ameur, "and they're suffering right now."

"It's terrible, what they've gone through," said Madjid Mezrag.

Khan and three friends raised $500 at the al-Ummah mosque alone, and they hope to raise more money tomorrow.

They're playing a benefit cricket match on the front lawn of McGill University. Game time is 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to make a donation, you can contact Mohid Khan at (514) 632-4598.