Dear Family and Friends,
GlobeMed at Rhodes College hopes you have had an enjoyable winter season and are looking forward to the warmer months ahead!
Our chapter has had a great start to the New Year so far. On January 31st, GlobeMed welcomed its new members and bonded with old members in a chapter-wide retreat. This retreat helped all members to reaffirm the chapter’s goals of raising awareness for global health equity and raising water filter funds for our partner AMOS in Nicaragua. Our chapter hopes to raise $8,500 by the start of March 2015, leaving us with only $1,500 left in order to achieve our goal of $10,000 by the end of this semester.
So far our annual campaigns have been quite successful. The Candy Cane sales campaign wrapped up in December with a total of $362.50. Our Kaplan and GlobalGiving campaigns are still ongoing. We have raised $1,202 with GlobalGiving and $1,600 raised for Kaplan. At the beginning of February, the chapter began running its annual Data Match/Cupcake sales campaign. With this campaign, we have raised over $350!
We also recently celebrated World Day of Social Justice last Friday Feb. 20th by hanging a banner in the school library pleding our commitment to social justice on campus and without.
Recently, our chapter sent a $3,800 check to our partner, AMOS, in Nicaragua. Three of our chapter members: Natalie Scanlon, Jesse Kirtchuk, and Alexa Wolfe- will be going to Nicaragua this summer to work alongside AMOS and see how we can improve our partnership.
Our plans so far for this semester include finishing up the cupcake sales and joining with Active Minds to support the National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) walk. Our annual 5K has been scheduled for March 22 and we hope to raise $1,500 from this campaign.
Additionally, GlobeMed's national Summit is coming up in the last weekend of March. Seven of our own chapter members will be attending the GlobeMed Summit conference alongside 300+ other students, alumni, partners and peer organizations from across the world for a weekend of sharing and learning. The 2015 GlobeMed Summit will take place from March 26-28th on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL.
Our chapter greatly appreciates you and thanks you for your continued support and interest in our organization!
The GlobeMed Chapter at Rhodes College
I hope your calendar year is winding down well! At Rhodes, our first semester has been incredibly busy but rewarding as we work to fundraise the $10,000 we have pledged to AMOS and to raise awareness on campus and in our community about the health challenges in rural Nicaragua, where less than 20 % of families have access to safe drinking water. This past fall, our GlobeMed chapter welcomed its new members to our organization where both new and old members learned about our chapter and our partner AMOS in Nicaragua. Members created rudimentary water filters, participated in community building, and had an all-around enjoyable time. On October 25th, the chapter participated in the first ever Global Day of Action in support of Article 25, a budding international movement to uphold Article 25 of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights: the right to health. Both chapter members and other Rhodes Students came together to create a human “25” in solidarity of this basic but crucial human right. A few weeks ago, two AMOS delegates, John and Desiree, came to Rhodes to meet chapter members and to provide information about the summer internship opportunities for this summer offered in Nicaragua.
As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, GlobeMed at Rhodes has been hard at work with campaigns. The art auction campaign was a great success with over $2,500 raised. During Parent’s Weekend, we had multiple art pieces donated from local artists and from abroad. The Kaplan campaign began on October 30th and is nearly over. We hope by the end of this campaign to have gained 300 signatures in order to earn $1,500 for AMOS. As the holiday season approaches and Rhodes students prepare for finals and to spend time with their families, the GlobalGiving campaign is off to a great start. We plan to send out the donation letters at the next meeting. By the end of this campaign, we hope to have raised $2,500. Our ideal goal is for each member to get $10 from 10 people. The Candy Cane campaign is also beginning, which will include Rhodes’ very own a cappella group the WoolSocks, who will deliver the candy canes and spread holiday cheer for this great cause.
The GlobeMed Chapter at Rhodes College would like to thank everyone for their continued support for our cause and for our organization. We hope you find time in this holiday season to spend with your loved ones and to think of those struggling during this time. Every donation counts.
The GlobeMed Team at Rhodes College
It’s hard to believe the summer is coming to an end, but we are incredibly excited about the upcoming year and ready to begin the events we have planned! Classes officially begin this upcoming Wednesday the 27th, but we are already off to a strong fundraising start for this academic year. Over the summer we finalized a fundraising drive in partnership with the test-prep company Kaplan, in which we were able to raise $1600. A special thanks goes to Austin Armstrong for making the campaign a reality!
As we wrap up the summer, we also wanted to share with you a message we received a few months ago from Alexis, the Research and Development Project Manager at AMOS, after receiving the $10,000 you helped us raise over the course of last year.
"First and foremost we want to thank everyone of the 2013 - 2014 staff for their incredible work. You are obviously established fundraisers. And I think [a fellow staff member] will agree with me, to be truly successful in fundraising you have to believe in the cause. It is very apparent that you do. We are truly grateful. The creative and educative events you planned will go toward providing clean water for over 200 families this year."
Over 200 families will be impacted by our collective efforts!! This is a statistic we should all feel incredibly proud of, and let motivate us even more for the upcoming year. Four of our chapter members, Madeline Plaster, Harris Short, and Summer Preg, were able to travel to Nicaragua this summer and see in person some of the 200 families our work has helped. Working with AMOS Health and Hope on their clean water initiative, they supervised filter maintenance in four rural Nicaraguan communities. The team is very excited to bring back their experience in the field and with the staff, and to educate the chapter about the detailed life of AMOS and the communities that you all have helped us serve! Summer, the trip coordinator, had this to say about their time abroad:
"After spending a month integrated into the life of our partner, the thing that stands out to us the most is that AMOS fosters a family atmosphere reflective of our sense of community within our own GlobeMed chapter. This atmosphere is contagious and can be found in the farthest rural stations, empowering community members to work together towards a healthy future. "
Back at home, we are busily preparing for our first event of the Fall, the annual Silent Art Auction! Our Art Auction campaign leaders, Samhitha Curpad and Dianne Loftis, have been hard at work collecting art pieces from friends and acquaintances throughout the summer. It is being held on September 19th and 20th, so stop by our tables outside of the Barrett Library if you’re in town!
We hope that you are as pumped as we are for this upcoming year. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or advice for us. We love to hear from you! Have an excellent fall!
Sarah Kim and Aubrey Flowers
The 2013-2014 year is over, and not only have we successfully achieved our goal of $10,000 but we exceeded it bringing in a total of $10,636.48. Thank you for all of your generous donations throughout the year; we could not have reached our goal without your support. The money we have raised will be sent to our partner AMOS in Nicaragua to fund our water-filtration project.
We wrapped up the year with our Fifth Annual 5K Fun(d) Run that raised $2026.70. We would like to thank everyone who supported us and participated in this event. A special thank you to Aubrey Flowers and Harris Short who led this campaign- it would not have been successful without all of their hard work.
“Helping lead the 5K was an incredibly rewarding experience. We had 66 runners attend the race, sold over 140 t-shirts, and raised over $2000 for AMOS! It was so inspirational to see the entire chapter, much of the school, and many community members rally around our cause.” - Aubrey Flowers, 5K Co-Leader
Our three GROW interns, Summer, Harris, and Madeline, are preparing to leave for Nicaragua on July 3rd. They will visit for 6 weeks during which they will support the work of our partner AMOS. They are all genuinely excited to be a part of the work that our partner does and to see firsthand where the money that we raise goes.
Both Noelle Schmitter-Schrier and I are looking forward to serving our chapter as Internal and External Co-presidents for the 2014-2015 school year. We greatly appreciate your continued support and could not have attained the success of exceeding our fundraising goal without your help.
With much appreciation from the entire GlobeMed Chapter at Rhodes College,
Noelle Schmitter-Schrier and Celeste Lake
This spring semester of 2014 has been a time of excitement and growth for our chapter. With your continued support of our project, we have raised over half of our goal of $10,000 for the school year. With the new semester, we welcomed many new members to our GlobeMed at Rhodes College chapter. Recently, the chapter gathered for our spring retreat which was a great opportunity for our members to bond and to learn more about health disparities in Nicaragua and our work to partner with AMOS and effect change. During the month of February, we held a Data Match campaign that uses comical surveys to pair compatible students. Our chapter is currently preparing for our Fifth Annual 5K Fun(d) Run on March 22, 2014. The 5K committee members are busy soliciting sponsorships from local businesses and advertising for the event. The 5K and our final GlobalGiving push in April will be our last campaigns of the semester and with your support will complete the $10,000 we pledged to AMOS.
Each year our chapter selects members to serve as GROW interns with AMOS in Nicaragua during the summer. We have three exceptional GROW interns this year. Summer, Madeline, and Harris are all genuinely excited to visit Nicaragua and to support the work of our partner AMOS. Our GROW coordinator, Summer Preg, had the opportunity to attend a national GlobeMed GROW training in Chicago this past weekend that helped prepare her for the work with AMOS. She shared these thoughts from her experience:
“One of the biggest things I took away from training this weekend was a sense of how the GlobeMed model is based on the belief that relationships drive our success. I am excited to be a GROW intern and partner with AMOS which is core to our mission. I hope that through GlobeMed at Rhodes College I will be a small cog in bringing about a better world.”
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