GlobeMed’s bake sale fundraiser during the week before Halloween. Photo courtesy of Bhavana Survana
This year during the Halloween season, fundraising events were put on by Lawrence clubs, including the Dance Team and GlobeMed. The Dance Team sold candy grams at lunch time outside of Andrew Commons from Monday, Oct. 24 to Wednesday, Oct. 26. GlobeMed sold “eyeball” and “brain” cake pops, “organ” cookies and apple cider in Steitz Hall and in the Conservatory on Monday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct 25.
Students could send these “candy grams” the Dance Team sold, which consisted of a personal note and candy, to other students. The grams were delivered to student’s SPCs on Halloween day. The money the team raised from this event will go towards “apparel, uniforms, or other necessities for the dance team to help us to continue performing and representing Lawrence,” said sophomore Cassie Gitkin.
GlobeMed, on the other hand, is a national organization and a big proponent of equal partnerships and sustainable development as opposed to top-down aid. Lawrence’s chapter specifically is partnered with a Health Development Initiative in Rwanda. “We fundraise for projects that our partner asks us for,” stated junior and GlobeMed Co-President Bhavana Suvarna. “This time we fundraised for a sustainable garden initiative to combat malnutrition for the community of Potters, a marginalized ethnic community in Rwanda.” The group made about $100 from this event.
Both groups will be hosting more fundraising events throughout the rest of the year. The Dance Team will be selling more candy grams again during Valentine’s Day among other events. Earlier this year, GlobeMed had another fundraiser where they sold succulents and brought in around $300. They will be having another succulent sale in the spring along with other fundraisers.
As Fall Term comes to an end, both clubs are busy with other events beyond fundraising. The Dance Team recently wrapped up their football season performances, but will be back again during the halftimes of Saturday home basketball games. This weekend on Saturday, Nov. 5th, everyone is welcome to the GlobeMed’s showing of the documentary “Living in Emergency” at the International House at 6 p.m. as a part of their series called DocuToppers.
Fundraising is an important way for different clubs to be able to fund for their own needs and causes. Also, it helps to get the words out to the community. Fundraising brings about an opportunity for students to support each other by donating to the different events. It was neat to see both groups making a creative spin to tie in the theme of Halloween for their events as well as students supporting the events. It all seemed to help their fundraising go “scarily” well.