In response to the public health and humanitarian crisis caused by the massive floods in Pakistan, students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Hospital in Chicago, USA, came together for a “Fundraising Effort” to support the flood relief efforts in Pakistan. This effort included a fundraising campaign, part of which was a benefit dinner and silent auction, held on September 24th 2010. The event included a speaker panel to educate and increase awareness of the public, regarding the gravity and enormity of the public health and humanitarian crisis faced by the people of Pakistan.
The mission in this collaboration was very simple: raise funds to support the relief efforts in Pakistan. The spirit of this effort was purposefully secular and humanitarian in nature. As word about the fund raising effort spread, people from the community also joined in and made contributions. Through this cross-disciplinary effort, approximately $23,000 were raised and donated to the Imran Khan Foundation to help the flood-affected people in Pakistan.
This endeavor represents our solidarity with the people of Pakistan at this difficult time and is in tune with the theme of our effort: “Together we can make a difference”.
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
American Medical Students Association
Alternative Spring Break
Christian Medical Association
Islamic Network of Clinicians and University Students
Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health
Muslim Pharmacy Students Association
New Life Volunteering Society
Pakistani Student Organization
Public Health Student Association
Society of Future Physicians
RUSH University Medical Center
RUSH House Staff Association
RUSH Muslim Students Association