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.
-The student chapter raises funds and awareness to fight the catastrophic AIDS epidemic
• 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