Health for Haiti: Chicago Team Holds Event to Mark 6th Anniversary of Earthquake
A few weeks ago, the Chicago young professionals team hosted a successful fundraising and community-building event. Read Aric Shimek’s (Community-Building Lead) summary of this event below:
On January 12th, 2016, the Chicago Young Professionals chapter held a community-building event entitled "Health For Haiti" to mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti that day. The event introduced guests to the work of Partners In Health in the country and included a keynote address by Marie Casimir (from the office of the Consul General of Haiti in Chicago), a video message from Dr. Michelle Morse (Deputy Chief Medical Officer (Haiti), Partners In Health), and a welcome address from Aric Shimek (Community-Building Lead for the Chicago chapter). Guests of the event included friends and family as well as several prospective new members and totaled approximately 65 people. The event also included a silent auction which raised over $1,000 for Partners In Health.
"Taking a moment out of our busy lives to remember and reflect on the Haitian earthquake and its effects was an inspiring way to connect our passion with a tangible way to give back and support the people of Haiti through PIH's work."
- Akshita Siddula, Team Coordinator
The PIH Engage Chicago team and special guest Marie Casimir from the Consulate General of Haiti poses for a photo after the Health for Haiti event in Chicago, IL.
Akshita Siddula, Team Coordinator for the Chicago PIH Engage team, reflected, “Our goal for this event was to draw on our networks and bring together a community of people that are passionate about global health. Taking a moment out of our busy lives to remember and reflect on the Haitian earthquake and its effects was an inspiring way to connect our passion with a tangible way to give back and support the people of Haiti through PIH's work. We are very happy with the event's turn-out and now we have a great group of people in the city of Chicago who are interested in PIH and can come out and support our future fundraisers.”