Happy November! MMI UK is proud to present to you yet another brand new initiative:
So... what exactly is MMI UK Gives?
MMI UK believes everyone deserves a better future, especially those less fortunate. This year, our MMI UK Gives initiative aims to fund raise for charities through several activities. We have identified 5 charities, and money raised will be donated to the top 3 chosen by our members. MMI UK Gives is MMI UK’s first ever volunteering event aiming to provide a means for Malaysian medics across different years to come together, get to know one another, and connect through volunteering opportunities in the local community.
- To remind Malaysian medics about the spirit of charity
- Build strong connections with charitable organisations.
When is this happening?
MMI UK Gives will be operating throughout the whole academic year!
This event involves medical students across all years in respective universities and will mainly target charity homes or causes that we, the organisers, have chosen! (More on this later.)
How does this all work?
- University ambassadors will be organising the volunteering event in respective universities.
- Each volunteering event may or may not be paired with a fundraising event. A simple promotion will be done to create awareness of the charities we are supporting and encourage students in that university to donate to our fundraising page.
- A poll will be set up on the main MMI UK page asking for students to vote for the top 3 charities they want the funds to go to.
- Funds collected will be donated to respective charities.
Which charities will MMI UK Gives be donating to?
We have carefully chosen a selection of charities we think will benefit from our contributions. They are as follows:
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
MSF is an international charity currently working in 60 countries worldwide. Its guiding principle of independence, neutrality and impartiality allows it to go where the need is greatest. It launches crisis responses at times of natural disasters, conflict and also addresses access to healthcare with its long term medical programmes. It is also a vocal advocate as it was founded by doctors and journalists, bearing witness to the plight of downtrodden populations alongside being a vocal advocate on issues such as fairer access to medication.
- British Red Cross
The British Red Cross is the UK branch of International Red Cross and Red movement. It aims to educate individuals and communities on how to prepare for and deal with crises such as natural disasters. It does this by running an Emergency Response service and by offering first aid training and humanitarian education to the public. It plays a key role in the provision of international disaster relief, refugee support services and international family tracing.
- Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)
Unicef is an humanitarian organisation with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at its core, working to help every child realise their true potential. It operates in 190 countries with its programme ranging from promoting gender equality to improving access to clean water and sanitation alongside organising vaccination programmes. It believes that all children have the right to thrive and survive no matter where there are in the world and works towards promoting awareness and understanding of the situation children worldwide face.
Oxfam is an international charity working in over 90 countries to tackle the root causes of poverty and also works to provide humanitarian relief during emergencies. It collaborates with organisations with local expertise and connections to save time and money, alongside fostering a trustworthy relationship with the communities they work with. It addresses various issues such as health, education, climate change and development, with sustainable projects tailored for the communities.
- Worldwide Cancer Research
Worldwide Cancer Research is a charity which funds research into any type of cancer, anywhere in the world. They believe that research does not happen in isolation, with the answer coming from just one scientist, or from one country. Thus, they award grants using funding from donors to worthy research projects without regard for national borders or any geographical bias. For example, Worldwide Cancer Research played a significant role in the development of olaparib, the first of a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors which was approved for ovarian cancer treatment in the UK.
We hope that you will support us in this project. To vote for the Top 3 Charities, please follow this link.
Voting closes 25th November 2016.