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September 29, 2013

Upcoming FIMRC Events

First off, a big thank you to all of those who came to our first general meeting last Wednesday! We were thrilled to see so many new faces who share common passions and interests, in addition to seeing so many names on the signup list for our committee groups. While over 40 people have shown interest in the upcoming spring break trip, for those of your who will not be going, there’s no need to fear being left out or socially excluded from FIMRC events. Although our chapter does place an emphasis on medical health reform in developing countries, we are making it our mission to establish a greater presence in the local Clemson and Anderson area. There will be myriads of opportunities for you to be on mission, make a difference, and impact a global cause, right here at Clemson University! Volunteer events are coming up quickly; contact Meg Delarm (cufimrclocal@gmail.com) for more information if you are interested!

  • Miracle League - Saturday, time(s) TBA: 5 October & 26 October (The event caps at 9 people, so sing up beforehand to ensure a spot)
  • Helping HandsFriday, 3:30-4:40: 27 September, 18 October, 1 November, 15 November. (The even caps at 10 people, so sign up beforehand to ensure a spot)

We touched on this briefly during the meeting on Wednesday, but I’d like to share several of FIMRC’s Adopt-A-Projects (read more here) that the Executive Board have agreed to support. The fundraising goal for the 2013-2014 school year is $3000. Several of you have asked an important question: Where does the fundraising money go? To answer as clearly and directly as possible, the money raised at fundraisers and restaurant nights will go towards meeting the required Adopt-A-Project fees we commit to match each year.

Who said concessions were boring?

Who said concessions were boring?

Our Adopt-A-Project list for 2013-2014:

  1. Clean Water for Project Limón, Nicaragua: In a community where 63% of its inhabitants are subjected to drinking non-purified water, there is a constant danger of contracting waterborne pathogens. By committing to purchase water filters for $40 per filtration device, families and whole communities will have access to a supply of purified water. FIMRC takes it one step further, and implements health education (on the importance of clean water) alongside the distribution of the filters. ($40 x 6)
  2. Portable Generator for Project Restoración, Dominican Republic: Field managers make it a point to travel around communities to teach about the importance of healthy habits, but most locations have no access to electricity. By purchasing a portable generator, educators will have access to a wider variety of tools that would not be available otherwise. ($1200)
  3. Health Education Coordinator for Project Restoración, Dominican Republic: By adopting this project, FIMRC would be able to hire a local to work at FIMRC’s project location. The coordinator will be directly involved with implementing health programs in the community. Lasting improvements function best when created from within existing communities, so the addition of a coordinator would be a big step in development for Restoración. ($1200)
  4. Internet for Project Las Delicias, El Salvador: As difficult as it for those of us living in the United States to imagine, the community at Project Las Delicias depends on a single 3GB USB for internet use for all staff on site. Committing to this project provides the community with internet for one year, widening possibilities to implement unique health programs. ($360)

This may seem daunting, but with your commitment and dedication, we guarantee that you (yes, you!) will directly impact communities in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.

It would be difficult to follow a map that gives unclear directions, and in the same way, it would be unfair to expect total dedication towards an ambiguous “goal” without knowing its details. In knowing where the money raised goes, it allows us to become more invested in what we do and gives greater meaning to the hours spent at fundraisers. FIMRC will be operating concessions stands on September 27th for Tigerama@5PM, and October 10th for Kid Cudi (details to come), and will have restaurant nights over the course of the semester. In addition to fundraising for our projects, these events are a gateway to meet other FIMRC members, so don’t hesitate to come out. Visit the calendar to RSVP and sign-up for events, check for meeting dates, and to get a bird’s eye view of future events!

Many of us leave a part of our hearts in the countries we travel to, but it’s guaranteed that we also take something away from our time there. Among the many things we learned from this past spring break trip was the dinámica (shout out to Meg!) which we were able to show off at our latest meeting …Missed it? Want to know what it is? Looks like you’ll just have to come to our next meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, to find out!

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