Serving Global Health: A Benefit Dinner for ARM
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
2827 Wheat Street, Columbia, SC 29205
Dear Sir or Madam,
We are a new chapter of a national non-profit organization at the University of South Carolina. The first of our kind on our campus, GlobeMed at USC gives its members the opportunity to impact global health at the undergraduate level. Our majors range from accounting to pharmacy, and we believe that global health is everyone’s business. We are partnered with Alternative for Rural Movement (ARM), a grassroots organization in Orissa, India, for whom we are raising $2797 this year. This money will allow them to provide eight latrines to combat water and sanitation-related illnesses, a baby warmer for critical condition babies, and a stand light for the maternal delivery ward. We will gain experience and leadership skills through our collaboration with ARM to help build its capacity as an NGO, our work raising interest in global health across campus. This practical knowledge will be invaluable when we move on to developing our own initiative in the local community, the nation, and the world. We hope that you will help us in our aim of creating leaders in global health.
To meet our financial goals, we have been creating and implementing several fundraising campaigns throughout the academic year. In our first campaign, we designed and sold t-shirts, an effort that earned us a little more than $1200 that will go directly to our partner. We are currently planning a benefit dinner to raise awareness for our partner ARM and about global health in general. Tickets are being sold for $3.00 and every cent you donate is going directly to our partner. Local restaurants are providing donations of food for the event, and the venue was provided by St. John’s Episcopal Church at a very low price. The remaining cost of the venue was covered by separate donations. It is our policy to fund all of our projects solely from the generosity of outside donors so that all revenue from each campaign may be transferred directly to our partner and project. If you feel that this investment in global health and future leadership is worth more than a $3.00 ticket, or if you would be willing to make a donation to GlobeMed at USC, we would welcome your generosity as would ARM. The project we are undertaking with ARM is incredibly tangible and will provide real, measurable benefits to their community. While our stated goal is $2797, we would love to be able to make a greater financial impact on their community if possible.
We need and appreciate your help to succeed in meeting our fundraising goals. Our entire executive board and staff are passionate about global health, which includes local health. If we succeed our first year, we will apply our newly developed skills to serve within the community the following years to come. We hope that you too are passionate about global and local health, as it impacts people in such personal ways. This is why we are inviting you to come to our dinner and support this cause.
Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have further questions, you may contact us by phone or e-mail at SouthCarolina@globemed.org. Checks can be made payable to “GlobeMed USC”.
GROW Coordinator of GlobeMed at USC