New FIMRC chapter at Centre kicks off club with “Cookies for Kids” fundraiser
At Centre College, community service is not a one-time event—it is a way of life. In fact, more than 85 percent of Centre students volunteer on a regular basis. This year, a new chapter of FIMRC joins the numerous clubs and organizations that serve the local community.
The Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) supports pediatric and maternal healthcare in developing areas and also aids underserved populations domestically and abroad.
Samantha Cook ’17, the president of Centre’s FIMRC club, saw the organization’s life-changing work firsthand when she volunteered with the group in Nicaragua during the summer of 2015.
“Getting a chapter of FIMRC here at Centre is an important victory for the Centre community,” she said. “It provides a unique outlet to be involved in the community, learn valuable skills from professionals within fields of interests, and see global health, local opportunities and chronic problems through a new lens.”
The organization hopes to provide connections with figures in the medical community who interact with Spanish-speaking patients or those with disabilities. Additionally, they will collaborate with many local groups such as Grace Café and Centro Latino. FIMRC members will be split into groups based on their career and service interests, with each team holding service events once a semester.
FIMRC at Centre will host its first fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The “Cookies for Kids” event will run from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., delivering cookies and milk to any location on campus. Students can text a phone number to receive two cookies (any combination of sugar and chocolate chip) for $3. For only $1 more, students will be entered in the President Roush Raffle, with one winner receiving their order of cookies and milk from the Centre president himself.
As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Cook was inspired by the sorority’s Queso for CASA event, which followed a similar format.
“With Centre’s bustling atmosphere of dedicated students who want to help make a difference in the world, you really cannot go wrong when using this event strategy,” she said.
All in all, Cook said she and the organization’s executive staff members (Vice President Emily McGlone ’18; Treasurer Charlotte Sackett ’17; Secretary Aliza Williams ’18; and Membership Relations/Social Media Coordinator Maggie Finn ’18) are looking forward to the organization’s future on Centre’s campus.
“The Centre Experience puts a lot of emphasis on the adventure of learning and how these four years of experiences, opportunities and interactions truly form the person you will become,” Cook concluded. “The best part of the FIMRC adventure is that, in the end, you are helping somebody else have a better quality of life. What adventure could be more worthwhile than that?”
Pictured above: Executive members of the Centre FIMRC chapter with Centre President John A. Roush for the “Cookies for Kids” fundraiser.
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by Elise L. Murrell
November 9, 2015