September 18, 2012
Med Students Hold Fundraisers for Mission Trips
Medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have organized three fundraising events this fall in collaboration with Springfield restaurants and shops. Proceeds from the events will be used to support a medical mission trip to Panama in 2013, where the students will help provide basic health care to local citizens.
Monday, September 24, 4 – 10 p.m., patrons at the Texas Roadhouse, 2540 W. Iles Ave., can have 10 percent of their total food purchase price donated to SIU-SOM’s medical mission trip to Panama. (Alcohol not included.) Diners should give the fundraising invitation to a server, or tell him or her of the desire to support this cause. (Texas Roadhouse coupon)
Monday, October 8, Cold Stone Creamery, 124 S. 6th Street, will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the SIU Medical Mission Trip.
During the months of October and November, Chili’s Bar and Grill, 2891 S. Veterans Pkwy., will donate 10 percent of meal proceeds (dine-in or to-go) to the SIU mission work when diners bring in the restaurant’s Pepper Partner Program voucher. (Chili's coupon)
The weeklong mission trip will include visits to various villages in Panama in April 2013. Students, faculty and community members will set up and operate medical clinics and provide free health care. The funds raised will help pay for the medications and supplies needed to treat these under-served areas in Panama. The trip is sponsored by SIU’s Interdisciplinary Network for Outreach, a student interest group that facilitates members’ service in both global and local communities through health-related outreach projects.
SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, service, research and community service. For more information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000. Its website is www.siumed.edu.