When the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City began looking for an organization with which to share proceeds from its benefit golf tournament, it landed on the UMKC GlobeMed organization.
Joseph Melookaran, president of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, and Sook Park, executive director, presented a $1,000 check to the student organization on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the School of Medicine to help support the group’s global mission of improving the health of those in impoverished areas.
UMKC GlobeMed chapter members Sean Davidson, MS 3, Isha Jain, MS 4, Parker Webb, political science student, and AnnaMaria Maples, MS 2, were on hand to receive the donation.
“Most of our fundraising is from events that we run on campus and individual donations from people in the UMKC and KC communities,” Jain said. “We get donations from local business and organizations to help run our events, but this is the first time we have received a monetary donation from a local organization that will directly benefit our partner.”
More than 1,500 undergraduate students at 50 university-based chapters throughout the United States participate in GlobeMed with each chapter partnered with a grassroots health organization in one of 19 countries throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America.
The UMKC chapter began a partnership this fall with the Kyetume Community Based Health Program in Mukono, Uganda, to build a health care center in rural Uganda and provide health care, educational and financial support to help solve health, education and economic problems that plague the population in the area.