By Merith Basey | Executive Director, UAEM North America
Final Results for most # of unique donations!
A sincere thank you to everyone who hustled to support UAEM for #GivingTuesday! UAEM officially scored a hat-trick by placing second out of more than 4000 organizations on GlobalGiving for the third year in a row for the most number of unique donations (and placed 35th overall for overall giving). We raised $16,897 in total with just over $10K coming from direct donations from people like you - so thank you! A special shout out is well deserved for our UCLA student chapter who raised over $1000 via more than 100 donations. A new chapter record!
In the adrenaline-filled final minutes we pushed to secure our place and the bonus prize of an additional $3k that will support our student-driven advocacy campaigns in 2020 - a critical year. You can read all about our current North American campaign progress in our latest UAEM North America newsletter linked below.
Thanks again for helping us achieve this victory. And if you weren't able to give yesterday, our end of year campaign began yesterday so there's still time to support us from wherever you are in the world. Your donations will go to support student-driven campaigns to make publicly-funded developed on university campuses accessible and affordable for all. As a grassroots network of students, every single donation counts for us - as the difference between 2nd and 3rd place showed - there were only 8 donations in it - check out a snapshot of the leaderboard for our category!
On behalf of UAEM North America we are excited to gather next weekend for our annual North American conference, this year to be hosted at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) the hub of our Xtandi campaign in the fight to make a prostate cancer medicine accessible and afforable. Our theme this year is aptly named “LOCAL ACTION, GLOBAL IMPACT: THE FIGHT FOR HEALTH EQUITY AND JUSTICE”.
We are expecting UAEM chapters and members from all across the region as well as colleagues from Brazil and Colombia and even as far as South Korea. Our teams will be coming together to discuss some of the most critical issues in access to medicines and health equity in North America and develop or strengthen organizing skills to help urge universities to licence their health innovations in a socially responsible way - better protecting access to these life-saving, publicly funded products for the public who funded them via their taxes in the first place.
We are also excited to welcome an all time heroine of ours, the inspirational Dolores Huerta, one of the most important activists in the last century and who in 2012, President Obama betowed with The Presidential Media of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US.
If you're in LA or near by and interested in learning more you can join UAEM NA Board Members, staff, students and guests at our fundraising happy hour on Friday evening. More details here.
Thanks to your support the UAEM NA conference remains a FREE event for our students and for whom we are able to provide limited travel support in order to ensure equal access. If you'd like to learn more about the conference and the speaker line up you can do so here: https://uaem.org/get-involved/uaem-na-2019-annual-conference/
Thanks for your continued support of student activism in the fight for greater health equity and access to medicines.
By Priscilla Li Ying | Executive Director, UAEM Europe
Summer has come... and in Europe, seems like it is still on! Between getting over lazy summer days and preparing for a new university term ahead, UAEMers across Europe came together for a leadership meeting in Berlin late August.
During this 3-day meeting, our engaged students renewed their motivation to move the agenda forward when it comes to access to medicines, pledging their commitment to harnessing more grassroots activtities at their local universities. From understanding organising and leadership concepts to developing concrete projects, whilst building on the team spirit, our UAEMers are more than ready to take that further step to impact change that matters for all.
Stay tuned for more exciting news as we prepare for UAEM's Access to Medicines Week in November! Plenty of exciting adventures and activities ahead!
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