Partnering universities raise funds and awareness for Project Medishare’s medical relief efforts in Haiti
By Jennifer Browning
Through the years Project Medishare has forged several partnerships with partnering universities. Today, those partners are joining Project Medishare to not only raise money, but raise awareness about the medical relief efforts continuing in Haiti.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has had a long standing partnership with Project Medishare. Dr. Barth Green and Dr. Arthur Fournier, both from the Univeristy of Miami, founded our organization in 1994. UM’s Global Institute of Community Health and Development has been also been instrumental in forming trauma teams on the ground. Project Medishare/UM Global Institute reacted immediately to the tragedy and had one of the first medical trauma teams on the ground Wednesday following the earthquake.
George Washington University is collecting donations from students, faculty, staff, and alumni through a wide range of activities. It is due to GWU’s relationship with Project Medishare since 2004 that the University is invested in assisting Project Medishare with earthquake relief efforts.
Today GW community members are making donations toward Haiti’s relief effort with their GWorld cards at five locations on the university’s campuses.
Donations are being split evenly between the Project Medishare and the American Red Cross. The GWorld initiative was created in large part at the request of student groups to enable GW students, faculty and staff to more easily contribute to disaster relief.
Duke Athletics has joined the national fundraising effort, “Save Haiti Saturday, ” an awareness campaign that benefits Project Medishare’s medical relief efforts in earthquake stricken Port-au-Prince. Beginning with Duke’s men’s basketball contest at Clemson tonight (ESPN, 9:00 PM ET), the 15 Duke teams currently in competition will display “Save Haiti Saturday” patches in the upcoming weeks to maintain high awareness for the relief effort in Haiti.
Three Duke graduates, including former Duke men’s basketball manager and current Miami Heat Vice President of Basketball Operations Nick Arison (Duke ’03), along with Jenna Green (Duke ’08) and Doug Rosenberg (Duke ’07) spearheaded the “Save Haiti Saturday” initiative.
Emory University School of Medicine is having a fundraiser at Whiskey Park in Atlanta next Friday, January 29 to raise funds for Project Medishare as well.
One week after the earthquake, Project Medishare continues working around the clock. Though many groups are helping, Project Medishare is at the forefront of efforts to bring urgently needed medical care to victims.
Project Medishare sincerely appreciates all the support that has poured in from individuals, universities, athletes and corporations. Without this support, our efforts on the ground would be nearly impossible to achieve!