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Experience the Joy of #GivingTuesday with END7!

 

my unselfieHow are you celebrating Giving Tuesday this year?

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to counter the “conspicuous consumption” of the holiday season with “conspicuous compassion” on a day dedicated to giving back.

The movement’s remarkable growth and momentum is highlighted in a short #GivingTuesday 2013 video. To summarize, more than 300 million Facebook users and two billion Twitter users saw posts about #GivingTuesday last year, with up to 700 #GivingTuesday tweets being sent per minute. The hashtag was trending in the United States for ten straight hours. Overall, more than 10,000 nonprofits participated last year, raising over $30 million dollars for social causes. As Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, put it, “#GivingTuesday is not a moment, it’s a movement.”

This year, #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on December 2, and over 18,000 nonprofits in the U.S. alone are confirmed to be taking part. Over the next week, END7 student supporters around the world will be busy preparing for a one-day fundraising competition in the hopes of raising $10,000 for neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatment programs. You can check out all the schools participating on our #GivingTuesday page. Our student supporters will be sharing their online fundraising pages with friends and family to spread the word about the impact of NTDs and raise much needed funds to support the NTD control and elimination effort.

They have some creative plans for spreading the word on December 2. We have a Facebook album with images that END7 supporters can set as their profile or cover photo for #GivingTuesday with the link to their fundraising page in the caption. Supporters can “donate” a tweet or Facebook post to promote the fundraising page by signing up for our Thunderclap, which will send out a social media blast on December 2. We have more fun ideas in our #GivingTuesday Action Kit, including instructions for posting an #unselfie on social media to spread the word about why you support END7 (see my example from last year!).

We are very excited to see our student supporters around the world joining forces to help give the gift of health to communities around the world on #GivingTuesday. Join in by creating your own fundraising page, donating to support a school’s campaign, or making a general donation to END7 on December 2. Together, we can give and give back this holiday season.

Introducing END7′s November Students of the Month, Ali Carter and Collin Leibold

 

student_monthThroughout the year, END7 honors students who have made a significant contribution to our growing movement of student advocates dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. This month, we are proud to extend this honor to two students who have worked together over the past year to establish an END7 presence at Georgetown University. We are very proud to introduce our November Students of the Month, Ali Carter and Collin Leibold, co-chairs of END7 at Georgetown. Ali, a senior Biology of Global Health major, shares:

“I first learned about NTDs when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica on a tropical medicine program, and I was thrilled to hear about END7 when I returned.  Georgetown has been a great place to start an END7 chapter because so many students here are interested in health, international affairs, and social justice.  We have been steadily working to build up awareness of NTDs on campus and have had a really fun time coming up with creative ideas for fundraising and planning events.  It has been wonderful to be a part of the END7 Student Advisory Board community to have a constant supply of motivation and support.  END7 at Georgetown’s big goal is to achieve official university recognition and gain access to benefits for student groups, but in the meantime we are hard at work planning for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser and the spring semester!”

Collin, also a senior in the Biology of Health program, adds, the “The highlight of my work with END7 at Georgetown so far has been giving a presentation on NTDs at the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, a conference attended by students at Jesuit universities across the United States. It was rewarding to see students at other Catholic universities get excited about working with END7. Some parts of starting a student group at Georgetown have been easy, like finding passionate students who want to be involved as members of the board, for example; but other parts have been harder, like getting recognized by the University as an official student group. But with the support of the END7 team and the other END7 student groups across the country, we’re confident that we can get there.”

We are very grateful for Ali and Collin’s partnership, which has been integral to END7 at Georgetown’s progress this year. The group has already held multiple fundraisers and partnered with the Biology of Global Health major at Georgetown to host Sabin Vaccine Institute president Dr. Peter Hotez for a lecture on campus last week, and they’re on track to accomplish even more in the spring semester.

We are grateful for the support of the Georgetown community and excited to see our community of student supporters like Ali and Collin continue to grow. If you are ready to get your school involved in END7’s work, contact student coordinator Emily on Facebook or at Emily.Conron@sabin.org to learn how you can get started!

Introducing Sophia, END7 May Student of the Month

 

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Each month, END7 honors one student who has made a significant contribution to our growing movement of young people dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. For her incredible work during the month of May, we are proud to honor 11-year old END7 supporter Sophia.

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Sophia with donations she collected to sell at a yard sale to benefit END7

Sophia, a sixth-grader in an International Baccalaureate school, first learned about NTDs in an article in Scientific American. Right away, she knew she wanted to get involved in the cause and decided to focus her International Baccalaureate Exhibition Project on NTDs. “I was concerned about the symptoms of these diseases and how many people have them,” she shares. “I was surprised at how little it takes to help them!  I knew then what I was going to do for my Exhibition. I looked up NTDs and the link for END7′s homepage came up.” Sophia decided she wanted her project to support END7. “I wanted to help provide medicine to people, so I came up with the idea to hold a yard sale for my Exhibition action. I raised $878.50. That’s enough to treat 1,757 people! Along with the donations to my personal fundraising page, that brings the total up to 2,086 people so far! Now, I am working on my presentation for Exhibition day. I hope my presentation makes more people aware of the 7 NTDs and makes them want to help eliminate them. Because together, we can see the end!”

We are so grateful for Sophia’s commitment to END7 and are excited to see our community of young supporters grow. If you or a young person you know want to get involved in END7’s work, contact student coordinator Emily at Emily.Conron@sabin.org to learn how you can get started!

Introducing the END7 playlist

 

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With the help of supporters around the world, the END7 campaign is raising funds and awareness for the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). We’re constantly motivated by our amazing partners on the ground who are working tirelessly to get the medicine to treat NTDs to those who need it most. But when we’re in need of that extra push, the right music motivates us to work harder and dream bigger. That’s why we’ve created an official END7 playlist.

The artists highlighted in our playlist are from places across the world, including NTD-endemic countries. The eclectic 25-track, 100-minute playlist reminds us that by working together, we can end needless suffering caused by NTDs.  What a great way to spice up your bake sale or fundraising event!

Though all of these tracks were carefully selected, we want to highlight just a few before you listen:

  • Jibal Alnuba, produced by French producer Debruit with vocals & lyrics by Sudanese vocalist Alsarah, is a medley of two Sudanese girls’ songs about loss and longing. Alsarah emigrated from both Sudan and Yemen due to civil unrest, and sings about local women’s issues. She was included because the fight against NTDs is linked to a woman’s rights to health.
  • He No Dead Yet, by King Fighter, exemplifies the function of the Trinidadian calypso hall in the late 1950’s and 1960’s as a platform for candid social discourse during a time of political tumult. NTDs like lymphatic filariasis have long been prevalent on small islands like Trinidad and Tobago until recently, and this song provides dark comic relief to the familial burden of debilitating disease.
  • We’ve also included a song by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a South African singer dubbed the “Princess of Africa,” who also happens to be an END7 supporter and appears in our “How to Shock a Celebrity” video.

 

Take a listen by following the link here.

Image by Sascha Kohlmann