Raise Awareness

Funds are being raised for The Mercy Project

By Rébecca Phaneuf-Thibault

The Mercy Project invites all Dawson students to participate in “Awareness Days” on Nov. 17 and 18 in Conrod’s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where hand-made village crafts and multicultural foods will be available for purchase, to the rhythm of Reggae bands and Tam-Tam workshops.

“We are raising funds for The Mercy Project, a non-profit organization that works with community partners to support healthcare initiatives where access is limited, specifically, at the St. Jude Children’s Home in Gulu, Uganda.

The St. Jude Children’s Home provides abandoned, orphaned, and disabled children with education, healthcare, and a loving environment,” Arielle Elkrief, President of Club Med, as one of the instigators of Dawson’s collaboration with The Mercy Project, said.

All proceeds will go towards supporting the healthcare initiatives of St. Jude’s specifically through salary support for a nurse, a clinic’s assistant, as well as providing funding for medical supplies and a basic medical clinic.

“A small effort on the students’ part can have a huge impact and ultimately contribute to giving these children the support they need in order to grow and live healthy lives,” Elkrief added.

Their next fundraising event, a benefit concert dubbed Fight the Bite, will be held Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. at Il Motore, 179 Jean-Talon West. Each $10 ticket can provide one malaria treatment for a child at St. Jude’s. Confirmed acts so far include Yardsteppa with Kulchamix, Double Down, and Soul of SAM. Tickets are available at the DSU office.

“The Mercy Project was founded in 2008 by a group of Canadian volunteers who met while participating in the Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP) in Northern Uganda.(…) Profoundly affected by the experience, they created the organization in memory of a four-year-old girl named Mercy who needlessly died from malaria,” Elkrief explained.

After traveling to Gulu, a small town in Northern Uganda last summer with CVAP, Elkrief felt privileged to learn about CVAP’s inspiring community empowerment projects. Determined to do everything in her power to support their efforts, she decided, with the collaboration of Victoria Schouela, the Co-President of the Social Justice Club to create these fundraising events, as they both feel “a sense of responsibility to [their] global community.”

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