It's no secret that Trinity attracts students that are dedicated and passionate about their future in healthcare. In their time on campus, this is plainly demonstrated through active and regular acts of service sometimes only available to students at Caribbean med schools. At the end of June, a group of Trinity School of Medicine students, representing the Society of Medicine and Surgery (SMS), presented a donation to the Kourageous Kidz Foundation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Trinity’s Society of Medicine and Surgery is a student-run group dedicated to combining the budding clinical skills with Trinity’s culture of service and philanthropy. In addition to offering members additional clinical experience during basic science curriculum, the organization works at the Calliquia Police Station’s “Health Day” clinics and teaches emergency first aid to St. Vincent Girl Guides. The group decided to support the Kourageous Kidz Foundation because of its education-based mission. Trinity student and Society of Medicine and Surgery member Aaron Salem explained, “As future physicians, we understand the importance of education and we thought it would be appropriate to help in anyway that we can.”
The SMS organized a campus basketball tournament, provided field day activities, and food to attendees all for a small donation. The event was a tremendous success, resulting in teams forming comprised of students and faculty alike. All proceeds for the event went directly towards the donation to the charity.
The Kourageous Kidz Foundation’s major stated goal is to assist children in need throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. According to Kimala Cambridge, executive volunteer and co-founder of Kourageous Kidz, the children’s charity foundation funds “are derived from our ad-hoc thrift store,” she said, “persons contribute to this store locally and in the diaspora.”
(ed. note: "the diaspora" is a Caribbean demographic with an expressed interest in creating opportunity and economic growth in the island nations as a collective economic zone.)
“They [Trinity’s SMS members] contacted us about the readiness of the funds and invited us to campus to collect it.” The student group has committed to assisting the Foundation on into the future through additional fundraising events. Trinity student and SMS member Aaron Salem explained, “We’ve made the foundation the recipient of all of our philanthropic efforts. Next term’s executive board has been made aware of that decision and they are extremely excited to start working with them.”
The donation, Ms. Cambridge said, could not have come at a better time. “The money will be used towards our ‘Bags of Love 2015’ program, the campaign in which we provide bags of school supplies and other necessities.”
She continued, “I was quite surprised by their initiative and noted how laudable it was. We are quite humbled by the fact that they chose us. It was very refreshing. We are definitely proud of the relationship. They are a very lovely bunch of people and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.”
Kourageous Kidz Foundation has expressed a desire to assist in the Society of Medicine and Surgery of Trinity School of Medicine in their next charitable venture, continuing to spread the impact of student service and further connecting St. Vincent and Trinity. In the meantime, the Society of Medicine and Surgery is already planning a school supplies drive for the Foundation next term.
Find out more about Trinity’s Society for Medicine and Surgery here and Kourageous Kidz here. Click here to start the application process today.