Global Health Gala, Solidarity Celebration April 19

April 2, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The sounds of traditional drums and the aroma of East African cuisine will mark an upcoming fundraiser from several Illinois Wesleyan University student health organizations trying to cure the world’s ills.

The Global Health Gala, which includes a traditional Swahili dinner and West African dance performance, will take place from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, April 19, in Hansen Student Center and will benefit four University groups, which are working toward global health equality. Tickets are free to students and will be available on the steps going up to the Dining Commons. Community members, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $30 each at The Illinois Wesleyan University Bookstore, the Garlic Press in Normal and Crossroads Global Handcrafts in Bloomington.

The event will also replace the Save a Life, Win A Wii Solidarity Celebration that was originally slated for April 4, on the Illinois Wesleyan University Robert S. Eckley Quadrangle, also known as the Quad.

The event is a joint effort between student organizations, all of which have been established this academic year at Illinois Wesleyan:

The Lamu Center of Preventative Health   -The group supports the international non-government organization (NGO), which was founded by 2002 Illinois Wesleyan graduate Munib Abdulrehman, who was raised on the Kenya island of Lamu. Their purpose is to bring preventative healthcare to the people of coastal Kenya, and to build a relationship between Bloomington-Normal and Lamu.

Face AIDS -The student chapter raises funds and awareness to fight the catastrophic AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Global Medical Brigade - The Illinois Wesleyan chapter is planning a June trip to Honduras, where they will provide free medical care to those in poverty.

Titan EMS - An organization that educates students about the role of emergency medical services, the group will use funds to continue programs, such as their helicopter demonstration April 5 in Warrensburg, Ill.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960