In April 8, we organized a group of VT Alumni for the Spring Community Service Event call the Alumni Big Event! The Big Event is a community-wide event at Virginia Tech that encourage students to get out and volunteer in the community. We have over 40 Alumni Chapters participate.
I am so excited I just had to share a post-event update. As many of you know, I’ve been working on the 2nd annual benefit for the Cultural Arts For Excellence–The CAFE 5k Family Fun Run/Walk. I am always on cloud 9 after seeing a project come to fruition. It’s like a runner’s high! After months and months of hard work on marketing strategy and designing promotional campaigns for the event, I finally saw the fruits of our labor.
Hey, I want to let you guys know about an awesome opportunity to make an impact on a child’s life. For every “like” Kissito Healthcare International adds to its fan page by March 16th, an anonymous donor has agreed to donate $1 to help malnourished children like Fiona. She was acutely malnourished and probably would have died in a few days without emergency intervention. Kissito Healthcare International’s team were able to get her treatment, and now the two-year-old is at home and well with her mom and siblings! Last week, KHI treated 200 children suffering from malnutrition like Fiona in Ethiopia.
It is great travesty to see the sudden destruction that the people of Haiti are experiencing. We can only imagine what we would do if we were there. News scenes show people helping to rescue others from beneath the rummage, or trying desperately to contact family members who have a mobile signal. The injured who lay under tents await much needed medical attention. However, yet in the mist of the carnage, there was an eruption of praise for a spared life. It shows how people can still smile as they are surrounded by the pain and suffering. However, once the praise and thanks is over then comes the realization that there is a long road ahead to rebuild. I cannot–and unfortunately can–believe how and why people are trying to “cash-in” through creating donation scams. If you are skeptical on donating, I have provided an authorized donation page link and entry form print screen below. Presidents Clinton and Bush have come together to give support for the people, and I urge you to give what you can. They have created a website Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. I have just made a donation and I hope that you do as well.