It has been a busy fall semester so far at GlobeMed at Rhodes College! We have spent the fall gathering new members, raising awareness on campus and throughout Memphis on social justice and health equity issues, and of course working towards our $10,000 annual goal to send to AMOS.
So far this fall we have had two very successful campaigns! Over Parent's Weekend, we held our annual Silent Art Auction where we had over 100 items from textiles to paintings to carvings for parents and students to bid on. We raised over $2,300 at this event! We also were grateful to receive another free Kaplan test prep class yet again and we were able to sell this at a discounted price of $2,000 to a fellow student at Rhodes. Including the funds we have carried over from last year, we are well over halfway towards our annual goal and it is not even Christmas Break!
We are also starting a new campaign this week through partnering with the Memphis Grizzlies! We are selling tickets to the January 16th game against the Knicks and the campus is very excited about this opportunity. This campus focus on GlobeMed is bringing us additional opportunities to promote advocacy as well as raise funds!
In addition to our work on the fundraising front, we have been utilizing the energy of our young Executive Board members to spread awareness throughout campus by events such as Article 25 Day of Action where we wrote out the words to the 25th Article of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights that cites health as a fundamental human right on our fellow students.
Our chapter curriculum team has been hard at work as well. They have hosted several meetings and campus wide lectures ranging from topics like slums and the adequate housing problem to human trafficking. Additionally, our community building team hosted a very informative Fall Retreat where our new members became well-versed in all that is GlobeMed and our relationship with AMOS!
Our main contact at AMOS, Des, was able to come and visit us a few weeks ago and spoke to several professors on campus about expanding our summer GROW trips down to AMOS. She was also very excited to be able to sit in on one of our chapter meetings and to have dinner with several of our members, ranging from new members to members of Executive Board.
We have been very busy and hard at work this fall as we continue to support our partner AMOS and stand up for health equity across the globe. As always, we appreciate your continued support here at GlobeMed at Rhodes College and please reach out to us with any questions and comments.
Dear Family and Friends,
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 26th, but we are already beginning to fundraise for this academic year. Over the summer we have been working on individual donations and Global Giving donations. We also have been putting in a lot of time collecting donations and planning for our Silent Art Auction in the fall.
Additionally, three of our chapter members- Alexa Wolfe, Natalie Scanlon, and Jesse Kircheck- 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! Alexa, the trip coordinator, had this to say about their time abroad
"The GROW trip highlighted the reason for the existence of globemed and our work: to support marginalized populations in taking control of their right to health. Working both on an indevidual and community level, AMOS joins methods of community based public health care and participatory data collection to ensure positive change specified to each area they assist. Assisting them throughout this summer was an incredible honor as I got to witness, firsthand, the effects of a medical system that truly works amongst people who truly care."
Here in Memphis, we are busily preparing for our first event of the Fall, the annual Silent Art Auction! Our Art Auction campaign leaders, Annika Gage and Elizabeth Anna Land, have been hard at work collecting art pieces from friends and acquaintances throughout the summer. It is being held on October 2nd and 3rd, so stop by the event outside of the library if you’re in town!
We hope that you are as excited 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 a wonderful and we hope to see you at the Art Auction!
Always in solidarity,
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
Dear Family and Friends,
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
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